Turkey: All Six NATO Interceptor Missile Batteries Operational
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
February 16, 2013
All NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey operational
The final of six Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey was declared operational under NATO command and control on Friday, 15 February 2013.
The battery, provided by the United States, is located outside the city of Gaziantep.
Germany, the Netherlands and the United States provide two batteries each to augment Turkey’s air defences. The systems are deployed in Kahramanmaras, Adana, and Gaziantep. The first battery came online on 26 January.
In response to Turkey’s request, NATO Foreign Ministers decided on 4 December 2012 that NATO would “augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities…along the Alliance’s border.”