Turkey, France and Italy sign an agreement on air defense

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On November 8th the Turkish, Italian and French defense ministers signed an intergovernmental agreement (Letter of Intent). The event took place in NATO headquarters, in Brussels. The agreement states the 3 countries intent  to strengthen their relation ship in defence matters, starting with air and missile defence.

Turkey has been seeking for years to develop a national long range air and missile defense system. Discussion with France and Italy focused on a solution using Eurosam SAMP/T as a stepping stone the the complete Turkish system LORAMIDS. Eurosam is thus teaming with Turkish partners Aselsan and Roketsan to develop LORAMIDS. The signature of the LoI is a strong token of the governments support and will to proceed.