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Delivery of all S-400s Complete: Turkey
New S-400s in operational mode after deployment in Ankara (image: ISI)

Russia has completed the shipment of second batch of S-400s to Turkey, making the country the first NATO-ally to own Russian air defense systems.

“The delivery of the second battery of the Russian S-400 missile defense system has been completed, Turkey's National Defense Ministry said in a statement on 15 September.

Turkey struck a $2.5 billion deal with Russia for S-400s in 2017. Delivery of first batch of systems concluded this 25 July, while shipment of second batch of S-400s commenced on 27 August.

The ministry further stated that training of Turkish personnel was still ongoing, and the system is expected to become operational in April 2020.

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