Russia is ‘ready’ to step in with its Su-57 stealth fighter jet if the United States ends its cooperation with Ankara on the F-35 project.
Sergey Chemezov, Chief of Russia’s arms holding company, Rostec said in an interview to Anadolu Agency that in addition to the S-500 offer, his country was ready to include Turkey as a partner in the development of the S-500 air defence system, the next generation of the S-400 which Turkey had purchased and was facing pressure from the US to abandon the deal.
Regarding delivery of the S-400 he told "We signed the contract for the S-400s in 2017, and before the end of this year, we plan to conclude all deliveries."
Lauding the NATO-member country for its development of defense hardware, and talking about Russia’s interest of supporting the industry, Chemezov said, “Turkey is highly competent in producing rifle armaments, armored vehicles and drones. We are ready to support Turkey’s desire to develop its own defense industry.”
Meanwhile, US authorities have warned Ankara that it cannot have both F-35 stealth warplanes and S-400 anti-air weapon systems.
During his testimony in front of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee on 1 May, US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has confirmed that Turkey won’t be able to get its hands on F-35 stealth aircraft if it proceeds with its intended purchase of Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.
"I think there’s very little possibility that they have a misunderstanding," Shanahan said when Rep. Diaz-Balart inquired whether this message has been sent to Ankara "clear enough", and if there’s any chance that Turkish government hasn’t understood the message.
Turkish firm Otokar has developed a new electric armored vehicle christened “Akrep II” that will be unveiled at IDEF-2019 exhibition to be held between April 30 and May 3, 2019 in Büyükçekmece, Turkey. “It is the countrys first domestically developed electric-powered armored combat vehicle
Russia may offer its latest aircraft such as the Su-35 and the Su-57 stealth jets if Turkey seeks an alternative in the event of the United States cancelling the sale of F-35 fighters to Ankara. Alexander Mikheev, head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said on April 24 that Russia is ready to discuss the possibility, according to Interfax news agency
NATO has positively approached Turkey's proposal to form a joint working group to ease concerns over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Friday. “We still haven't heard back from the US but NATO has approached our proposal positively,"
Turkey is among several foreign countries which will receive AIM-9X Block II missiles as part of the US foreign military sales program. The inclusion of Turkey comes amidst reports that the Pentagon has blocked supply of parts that go into the F-35 manufacturing supply chain in Turkey as punishment for Ankara continuing its purchase process of Russias S-400 air defence system
Turkey sees an improvement in talks with the United States over the purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems and US F-35 fighter jets but was prepared for sanctions under Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). "In our talks with the United States, we see a general easing and rapprochement on issues including the east of the Euphrates, F-35s and Patriots," Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said
The Russian Ministry of Defence will hike its order for the Su-57 stealth fighter jets to 76 from an earlier 16 following a 20% price cut for the aircraft and equipment. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced yesterday that 76 Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets will be purchased for Russian Air Forces before 2028, a package contract will be inked in the near future
The United States has now offered Lockheed Martins Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Raytheons Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missile defence systems for India to choose over Russian S-400 Triumf systems, after offering the US-made systems to Turkey. New Delhi signed a deal with Moscow last October for five S-400 defense systems consisting of 8 launchers for $5
Russias plan to build 12 new and upgraded Project 22350M frigates capable of carrying 48 Kalibr, Oniks and Tsirkon cruise missiles is likely to be approved by yearend, according to a source in the shipbuilding industry. "A project plan for 12 vessels with a displacement of 7,000 tons and a capability of carrying up to 48 Kalibr, Oniks and Tsirkon cruise missiles will be finalized by the yearend,"
Russia's state-run Rosoboronexport will showcase over 1600 pieces of latest defense hardware and equipment on May 9 at Red square, Moscow, when the country celebrates its Victory Day. Among displays will be the newly updated Beriev A-50 flying radar, Armata tank, Bumerang personnel carrier, Kurganets-25 fighting vehicle, Uralvagonzavods armored vehicles, High Precision Systems SAMs, Tecmashs MLRSs and Russian Helicopters aviation systems
Russia is developing new shells with extended range equipped with new warheads for Tornado-S and Tornado-G multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). "Work is currently underway to further improve munitions of the Tornado-S MLRS
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