S-400 Turkish Control; Laser Weapon in US Army; NATO and Tunisia Partnership;

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com)The S-400 missile systems Turkey is buying from Russia will be controlled by Ankara, Turkey’s Hurriyet daily said on Thursday quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, TASS reports.

“Some say that S-400 systems will pose a threat for F-35 fighter jets,” he reported said during a visit to Latvia. “These systems will under our control. They will be integrated into the NATO system. They will be under our total control.”

He also recalled that Ankara had approached Washington with an initiative to set up a joint working group to look at ways of settling the dispute over Turkey’s plans to buy Russian S-400 systems.

Dynetics, along with its partners, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and MZA Associates have been awarded a $130 million contract to build and test a 100-kilowatt class laser weapon system under the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) program managed by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), Defense Update reports.

As the prime contractor, Dynetics will be responsible for final assembly and integration and testing of the system. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), as the laser weapon system integrator, will provide the laser weapon subsystem, optimizing the performance of the laser module, power and cooling systems, and operator interfaces.

Mr. Stoltenberg and Minister Jhinaoui reiterated the importance of continued political dialogue between NATO and Tunisia, NATO official webpage reports.

They discussed the level of cooperation activities developed in a number of important areas, including strengthening of Tunisian armed forces interoperability, defence education, the development of key capabilities such as countering improvised explosive devices and cyber defence and cooperation in the areas of good governance and public diplomacy. They also discussed ways to enhance practical cooperation in important domains, including counter-terrorism and the development of women’s role in the Tunisian Armed Forces.

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Source: TASS, NATO, Defense Update