ANKARA May 7 A Chinese firm has not yet met all
of the conditions of a Turkish tender to build a missile defence
system that it provisionally won in a $3.4 billion deal and
Turkey may consider alternative offers, officials said on
condition of anonymity.
A Russian bid for the advanced weapons project has been
revised, but its price remained far higher than other offers,
the Turkish officials also told Reuters late on Tuesday.
Awarding the tender to Russia may do little to ally concerns
voiced by Turkey's NATO allies when Ankara said in September it
had chosen China's FD-2000 missile defence system over rival
offers from Franco-Italian Eurosam and U.S.-listed Raytheon Co
. It said then that China had offered the most
competitive terms and would allow co-production in Turkey.
(Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley;
Editing by Daren Butler)