Jan 29, 2015
Spanish Patriot Missiles Deployed and Working in Turkey’s South
The battery commander of the Spanish Patriot air defense missile system, said they have deployed Patriot missiles at the General Recai Engin barracks in Adana.
Five launchers are now active. All the launchers are equipped with four missiles. The missiles are specifically designed for any ballistic missile threats and have been deployed to destroy such missiles, if any are fired.
Spain decided in September to send Patriot missiles to Turkey as part of its NATO obligations to replace units from the Netherlands which were being withdrawn. Naval ships carrying the missiles arrived at the port of Iskenderun in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay on Jan. 9.
The U.S., Germany and the Netherlands each sent two Patriot batteries in 2012 to bolster Turkish air defense in response to a request from Ankara for NATO assistance for Turkey’s border security against any possible attack from Syria. The U.S. and German contingents will remain in Turkey.