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Turkmenistan's Navy Shows Off New French Missiles

The SIMBAD-RC naval surface-to-air missile, apparently recently acquired by Turkmenistan. (photo: MBDA)

Turkmenistan has equipped its naval vessels with new anti-aircraft weapons, suggesting that Ashgabat may see a potential airborne threat to its coast or to its offshore oil and gas infrastructure.

According to recently published photos, Turkmenistan has armed at least two of its new Turkish patrol boats with French-produced SIMBAD-RC naval surface-to-air missiles. The missiles are produced by MBDA, which has not publicly acknowledged the sale to Turkmenistan, though Jane's reported on it, citing unnamed sources, in October.

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