Negotiations for the sale of an additional battery of Russian S-400 Air Defense System (ADS) to Turkey are in the final stages.
Discussions between Russia’s arms export agency, Rosoboronexport and Turkey on the S-400 were held during the recent IDEF exhibition where the negotiations were brought to fruition, the head of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev told reporters during the ARMY-2021 event.
“As for the S-400 complex, consultations are continuing. I think that it is already at the final stage, and in the near future we will begin with partners to formalize and sign a contract, "Mikheev told militarynews when enquired on the topic of a contract for the supply of an additional batch of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.
In April, The U.S. State Department has notified Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) sanctions against Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and its senior leadership for Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems.
The United States has signed an F-35 agreement with eight countries abolishing an older 2006 deal, locking Turkey out of the program. Ankara was removed from the $399 billion F-35 project after its purchased S-400 missile systems from Russia for $2.5 billion. Despite Turkey’s assurances Washington argued the systems would allow Russia to covertly obtain classified details on the F-35 jets and is incompatible with NATO systems. Turkey was tasked to produce 817 of the jet’s approximately 24,000 airframe part types; and 188 of approximately 3,000 engine part types. These companies will continue producing F-35 components through 2022.
India ordered S-400 air defense systems for $5.43 billion (INR 40,000 crore) in October 2018 and is expecting to receive the first regimental set of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system by the end of 2021.
Three NATO members – Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria – are in possession of S-300 defense systems.