US general: Missile defence on track

2012-02-26 20:09

Podgorica - The US army's commander in Europe says American forces are now manning a new radar defence site in Turkey that could help defend Europe from a potential Iranian ballistic missile attack.

Lieutenand General Mark Hertling told The Associated Press that "we have the forces in place ... at a radar site in southern Turkey".

The radar is a key element in a planned ballistic missile defence system that also would put other land- and sea-based radars and anti-missile interceptors in several European locations over the next decade.

Tensions between the West and Iran have risen in recent months over Tehran's nuclear programme.

The US says the missile defence shield it plans to build in Europe is designed to counter the Iranian missile threat.

"I think we are well on track to conduct missile defence," Hertling said.

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