Turkey has expressed interest to purchase S-400 Triumf mobile surface-to-air missile systems from Russia in a multi-billion dollar deal which might see a preliminary agreement during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow later this month.
In 2013 Turkey had attempted buying Chinese T-LORAMIDS air defense system from China Precision Manufacturing Import-Export Corp (CPMIEC) for $3.44 billion.
The Russian bid for the S-300 system was disqualified terming it twice more expensive. Other bidders included consortium of US companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, maker of the Patriot system, and the European Eurosam, maker of the SAMP-T.
After its NATO partners strongly objected, Ankara eventually abandoned the Chinese missile system procurement and decided to build on its own air defense system. NATO was against the Chinese buy as it would expose alliance information to China. Turkey had countered the argument with China willing to part with technology transfer and would eventually help Turkey in its home production.
This time the Chinese T-LORAMIDS are replaced by Russian S-400 missile systems. The argument remains the same.
Turkey "aims to develop defense systems of this type primarily by itself. We need technology exchange and joint production. These issues are important to Turkey," Turkish MP Ahmet Berat Conkar of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was quoted as saying by Sputnik last Friday.
The successful deployment of S-400 systems in Syria might be one reason why Ankara is eyeing the missile systems. The deployment meant a n effective no fly zone of 400 km radius.
Russian S-300, S-400 air defense systems deployed in Syria's Hmeymim and Tartus have combat ranges that may surprise any unidentified airborne targets,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by Sputnik in October last year.
“Operators of Russian air defense systems won't have time to identify the origin of airstrikes, and the response will be immediate. Any illusions about ‘invisible’ jets will inevitably be crushed by disappointing reality,” Konashenkov had said.
Ironically, Russia intensified its air-defence systems deployment in Syria after Turkey shot down its Su-33 Jet citing airspace violation.
Turkey is likely to discuss the purchase of Russias advanced S-400 antiaircraft missile systems at a session of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council, held in March. "The talks are continuing on the S-400
The air defense missile systems – S-400, S-500 and ‘Vityaz will get an upgrade with new Tuf-MA and Tuf-M2 communication systems, currently being developed by the Russian air defense. The new system will have the possibility of high-frequency tuning for electronic reconnaissance, equipping the defense missiles systems with a higher potential to evade enemy surveillance
The Russian Ministry of Defense is expected to put a regiment of S-400 Triumf air defense system on combat duty in Moscow Wednesday. "The combat duty of a new regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defense system, which has been delivered to the Aerospace Forces' air defense unit, to protect the airspace of the Moscow city and the Central economic region [is expected to take place] on January 11, Podolsk, Moscow Region," the ministry was quoted as saying in a statement by Sputnik on Monday
Israel is set to receive today two US manufactured fifth generation F-35 stealth fighter that can evade advanced surface-to-air missile defense systems such as the Russian-made S-300s and S-400s deployed in Syria and Iran. It has an extremely low radar signature, allowing it to operate undetected deep inside enemy territory
Turkey is seeking to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems to bolster the countrys missile defense, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Friday. "As for missile defense, work is continuing
Russia has reiterated selling S-400 missile systems to India and Turkey. Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting with the press Thursday, said “Russia is ready to supply S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey
Ankara and Moscow have reached an agreement on the purchase of S-400 missile defense systems and price negotiations are underway before the final signing of the deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. “We have agreed in principle with Russia for the purchase of S-400 missile systems
Russian President Vladimir Putin may discuss deliveries of S-400 surface-to-air missile system with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan during the upcoming meeting in Sochi in May. It is possible that the issue of S-400 deliveries [to Turkey] may feature during the meeting of both leaders [Putin and Erdogan], Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by local media Thursday
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