With parliamentary elections scheduled for Nov. 1 and defense bureaucracy at a near standstill, some military planners are questioning the wisdom of a controversial Turkish defense contract for the construction of the country’s first long-range air and anti-missile defense system.

Defense officials say renewed elections will further put off any government decision on the multibillion-dollar contract.

“Even if we assume that the political uncertainty will gradually disappear after November and we will have a government, single-party [administration] or coalition in the new year, the air defense contract will not be anyone’s priority until late in 2016,” said one senior defense procurement.  […]