Turkey has reportedly conducted the first test of S-400 air defense system (ADS) it bought from Russia, today.
On October 16, photographs and video from the purported test being circulated in the social media show a column of smoke rising. According to Turkish media reports last week, the ADS was being transported to Sinop located on the Black Sea coast. Turkish authorities had closed the area from October 13-16 saying “Practice shooting will be carried out” in the region. The area had been declared “dangerous” for mariners.
Earlier, a government official told the Turkish Minute that 10 Banshee air targets were delivered to Sinop for S-400 tests. Tests will be carried out to check the combat readiness of the S-400, the radar’s ability to detect and track targets, the capabilities of communication system, as well as check the fire control systems.
An AviaPro report in July said the S-400 radar system had the opportunity to "detect" the presence of U.S. stealth fighter jets at least thrice. Russia’s TASS also reported that a Turkish defense ministry official “confirmed" Ankara’s testing of its S-400s against U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets last year. "Yes, such trials have indeed taken place last November," the source allegedly said.
The U.S.-Turkey tensions skyrocketed after the latter bought the S-400 systems from Russia for $2.5 billion in 2017. Washington’s attempts to persuade Ankara to ditch the systems went in vain. Soon after Russia began shipping the S-400s to Turkey in July 2019, the U.S. struck off Turkey’s name from the list of F-35 program partners.