Turkey’s defense procurement bureaucracy and industry are increasingly showing signs of weariness over a potential $3.44 billion deal with a Chinese arms maker for the construction of the country’s first long-range air and anti-missile system.

A senior defense official said Ankara may rethink its September 2013 decision to award the controversial contract to China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corp (CPMIEC).

“A number of new factors and parameters have emerged since last September … forcing us into a reassessment based on a broader perspective,” the official said. […]