Transfer of technology and local production may have been included in Turkey’s S-400 air defence system purchase agreement with Russia, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar hinted today.
"We are not a country that only buys now, we are a state that creates knowledge and has production opportunities. The agreements we signed contain such provisions and since there are such provisions in the S-400 agreement, we are purchasing these systems," Akar told Turkish media.
Earlier reports of the deal from both Turkey and Russia suggested that there would be technology transfer. However, in the light of the defence minister’s statement, Ankara would benefit from technology transfer of the high-tech system and may use it to create a similar system on its own.
Announcing that Ankara will begin the deployment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense systems in October 2019, Akar said that Ankara had started recruiting military personnel to maintain the complexes. "The deployment of these systems will begin in October 2019. We are currently recruiting personnel to maintain these complexes. These people will go to Russia in early 2019 to receive necessary training," Akar added.
Akar believed "the US and NATO’s concern regarding the S-400 purchase to be irrelevant. We will neither cause concern to the US and NATO nor create any problems for them." he stressed.
The minister pointed out that Ankara had earlier requested the United States and European countries to sell their air defense systems to Turkey but had not received answers yet.
Meanwhile TASS reported that Russia’s defense companies had been tasked to complete the production of the S-400 systems for Ankara in May 2019. Initial plans were to deliver the systems over to Turkey in early 2020 but Ankara requested that the delivery be speeded up.
Russian units operating the S-400 air defence system will receive the 40N6 advanced long-range surface-to-air missile which was recently has been accepted for service in the Russian Army. "The 40N6 long-range missile has been accepted for service
Russia is planning to deliver a second batch of S-400 air defence system to Turkey under which some components of the high tech system is planned to be manufactured by Turkish firms by way of a technology transfer clause. "After the delivery of the first batch concludes in May or June 2020, the parties plan to sign a new contract on the delivery of the second batch of the S-400 systems in 2021
Turkey and Russia have signed a loan agreement for the purchase of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems, TASS reports, citing Haberturk TV channel announcement on Friday. According to Kommersant daily report on December 27, Turkey will pay 45 percent of the cost up front, with Russia providing loans to cover the remaining 55 percent of the deal worth US$2
Russia will provide loans worth US$1.375 Billion to help Turkey pay for its purchase of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system
General Electric has opened a new laboratory in Turkey to develop new digital-based production models with the help of additive manufacturing technologies for aviation. "Our total investment in the center has exceeded $15 million with this laboratory
Russia today detailed the delivery schedule of the S-400 Triumf Air Defence System to India under which the first of the five systems will arrive in the autumn of 2020 and the last by spring of 2023. Under the contract concluded in New Delhi on October 5 Russia is to supply to India five regimental sets of S-400 systems, each consisting of a regimental command center and two battalions of launchers (eight in each battalion), TASS said quoting a ‘military-diplomatic source
Turkey has commenced work on ‘Project Siper, its first long range air defense system to protect itself from missiles and aircraft. Project Siper will perform similar roles as the S-400 air defence system that Ankara bought from Russia and the US-made Patriot which Washington reportedly refused to sell to Turkey
Russia plans to deploy its first Avangard hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and a hypersonic glide vehicle to service by the end of 2019. "The scheduled period for placing the lead regiment on combat duty is the end of 2019
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