Bolstering technology Turkey's priority in defense deal: official

February 27, 2015 10:44 AM

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's top priority when procuring its first long-range missile defense system is to bolster its own technological ability, a defense official said on Friday.

Turkey has chosen a Chinese company as the preferred bidder for the $3.4 billion project but is also pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms as questions remain about the Chinese proposal, particularly over the technology transfer to boost the local defense industry.

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