Russian Federation confirms missile defense system sale to Turkey

Randolph Lopez
December 30, 2017

Turkey will be the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member country to purchase the system.

Some NATO countries have expressed worries that the S-400 system is not compatible with the alliance's weapons systems. "But the idea of paying a portion of the total amount by getting a loan prevailed in the end".

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system with a capacity of carrying three types of missiles that can destroy ballistic and cruise missiles.

The head of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said earlier that Russia would supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400s for $2.5 billion under the deal. "Fifty-five percent is Russian credit", Chemezov told Kommersant. Each missile battery can simultaneously hit 80 different targets with two missiles each.

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On September 12, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had signed an agreement with Moscow on purchases of S-400 systems, with an advance payment already made.

There were fears the killing would again derail relations that had only been put back on track that summer with a reconciliation deal after the November 2015 shooting down by Turkey of a Russian war plane over the Syrian border.

Chemezov also confirmed that the deliveries will start in March 2020.

Russian officials have also said that Russia and US ally Saudi Arabia are close to signing a deal on supplying the S-400 systems to Riyadh.

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