Russia has completed the initial deliveries of its S-400 air defense system by supplying the first shipment of the systems to Turkey, Turkish military officials said on 25 July.
“Second shipment is now being planned to arrive in Ankara,” the officials added.
The officials further said that the two parties are negotiating on Turkey’s Patriot missile system buy, an offer that Ankara previously turned down to favour the S-400. The NATO-ally struck a $2.5 billion deal with Russia for the defense systems in 2017.
The S-400 was reportedly chosen following US’ rejection of Turkey’s initial request to buy the Patriot, and Russia’s offer that includes technology transfer. Washington halted the training of Turkish pilots of the F-35 and has expelled Turkey from the F-35 programme, apart from threatening to impose sanctions.
Deliveries to Turkey commenced on 12 July.
The US has now stated that it submitted a “much better offer” to Turkey in March, responses of which are still awaited.
Russian Helicopters has shipped three Ka-32A11BC helicopters configured to perform firefighting operations to Turkey. Turkeys KAAN Air inked a deal with the Russian firm for the three choppers in July 2018
Senior officials from the United States (US) and Turkey have held discussions regarding US decision to oust Turkey from the F-35 programme on July 17. Turkey's Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın had a phone conversation with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, said the statement by Turkey's presidential office
Turkeys expulsion from the F-35 fighter programme will inevitably entail legal action and seriously inflate the price of the project, the countrys former Foreign Minister said Tuesday. "Turkey is a member of a consortium that manufactures the F-35 stealth jets
The United States expelled Turkey from the F-35 program and blocked the sale of about 100 ordered stealth jets as a result of Israels effective lobbying of the same, Israeli media have reported. Officials from Jerusalem are said to have pressured Washington behind the scenes to oust Ankara from fighter jet program in bid to preserve military qualitative edge, Channel 12 reported Wednesday
Russia has completed training the Chinese military personnel on the use of S-400 air defense systems and has planned to deliver second batch of the systems to Turkey in 2020. Moscow began shipping the S-400s to China, contract for which was signed in 2014, earlier this month
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