Anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 “Triumph”
The contract for the supply of the second regiment of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) has been signed and has begun to be implemented. About this “RIA Novosti” said Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) of Russia.
“The corresponding contract document [for the supply of the second S-400 regiment to Turkey] has already been signed, which, among other things, provides for the localization of the production of individual components of the system. At present, the practical implementation of the contract is underway»,— said Shugaev.
Turkey bought four divisions of the Russian anti-aircraft missile system from Russia for $2.5 billion. The deal was concluded in December 2017. In October 2019, at Rosoboronexport reported that Russia fulfilled the terms of the contract ahead of schedule by supplying all elements of the S-400 Triumph, including missiles. In December last year, the General Director of Rostec Sergei Chemezov said that the Turkish side paid Russia all the funds for the supply of missile systems.
In September last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara intends to purchase a second batch of the S-400 missile system. Speaking about buying the first batch, the Turkish leader said that “it was worth it.”
In December 2020, the US imposed sanctions on the Turkish Defense Industry Authority (SSB) and its head Ismail Demir for purchasing Russian S-400 systems. After the new administration came to power in January 2021, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, urged Ankara to get rid of Russian S-400s.
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At the end of March, the Pentagon announced that they were discussing a deal between Washington and Ankara, which consists in the transfer of S-400 complexes by Turkey to Ukraine, the United States in exchange would remove the taxes imposed on the country sanctions for the purchase of Russian weapons and would return it to the program for the supply of F-35 fighters.
The Turkish authorities in response stated that they did not intend to abandon Russian missile systems. However, later Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Ankara is open to acquiring missile defense systems from other countries, which are alternatives.