There is increasing speculation that Turkey may cancel its highly controversial project to build long-range air and missile defense systems (T-Loramids) with the China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC) — which is under US sanctions — as pressure has mounted on the NATO-member country not to go ahead with a non-NATO system that will not be interoperable with the alliance’s air defense network.

Well-informed sources in Ankara told Today’s Zaman that Turkey is expected to spend a few more months in contract talks with China before canceling the project entirely.

“Turkey will not immediately cancel the project but will instead build a case to cancel the project entirely. Turkey has been told by NATO from the very beginning of its selection of CPMIEC that the Chinese system will not be operable with the alliance air defense network,” a source said. […]