Turkey is in talks with Russia on the possible purchase of Su-35, Su-57 electronic warfare systems and other defence systems.
When asked whether Turkey was considering Russian-made fighter jets as an alternative to US-made aircraft, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said, "Why not? We did not come here to the MAKS aerospace show for nothing.”
Erdogan added that Ankara will take the final call after it learns of its participation in the F-35 program, reports CNN Turk. On Tuesday, the Turkish president also inspected the Su-57 stealth jet at MAKS air show.
The head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev told on Wednesday that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on the delivery of Russian electronic warfare systems, as well as the Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets.
Turkey became the first NATO-ally to strike a deal with Russia when it inked a $2.5 billion deal for S-400 air defense systems in 2017, irking the United States.
The S-400 has been the bone of contention between Turkey and the US, with the latter having tried to persuade Ankara to ditch the Russian systems for American Patriot missile defense system. After the deliveries of the S-400s began this July, Washington expelled Turkey from the F-35 program.
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed Turkish President Erdogan the cockpit of the Su-57 stealth fighter jet setting off speculation that Ankara was looking at an alternative to the F-35 should the United States completely cut off Turkey from the program. After both presidents addressed a gathering at the MAKS-2019 show in Zhukovsky near Moscow , Putin invited Erdogan to see Russias newest fighter jet whose export version, the Su-57E officially made its public debut today
Turkish Defense Minister on Monday announced that the country will receive second batch of Russian S-400 air defense systems on August 27. "The process of transporting and delivering the second battery of the S-400 to Turkey will begin tomorrow," Hulusi Akar, defense minister of Turkey, said in a live broadcast of NTV television channel
Turkey is set to welcome the second batch of Russia's S-400 air defence systems in this month or in September, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday. "Work on choosing the deployment site and on installing S-400 air defence systems continues
Turkey has deployed its new S-400 air and missile defense systems in its capital city of Ankara, nearly coinciding with the commencement of the training of Turkish personnel tasked with operating these Russian systems. On September 3, ImageSat International (ISI) released a set of images depicting the S-400s installed in the capital
Turkey may buy another batch of S-400 air defense systems from Russia if the United States (US) denies to sell its Patriot systems, Turkish Foreign Minister said. "We need more systems until we can produce our own
A rooftop-kissing Su-57 stealth fighter jet of Russias United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) created a sensation during the late afternoon hours of August 29 when it flew close to buildings at the venue of the MAKS air show in Zhukovsky near Moscow. Coming into land after a spectacular flying demonstration, the jet, one of three prototypes flying at the event, took a turn towards the offices of leading aerospace firms which are placed parallel to the runway and flew close to rooftop level near the UAC chalet
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