For its part, the Hurriyet newspaper had reported that the radar, deployed in the district of Kuluncak of the Province of Malatya (south-eastern Turkey), was put into operation on 1 January. According to the daily operation of the station is provided by the U.S. military, Turkey does not have to date of experts familiar with the AN/TPY-2 radar type, designed by U.S. company Raytheon.
In September 2011, Ankara and Washington have signed a memorandum on the deployment of Turkish territory, an integrated missile defense radar.
According to local media, the radar will be controlled from Germany and the information will be made known to the Turkish authorities.
The United States plans to deploy 2015 to 2020 a third positioning area of missile defense system in Europe. Moscow opposes the project, whereas the establishment of a missile defense shield near its borders threatens its strategic potential.