S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defense System
(Source: Turkish Ministry of National Defence; issued July 12, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
To meet the needs of Turkey's air and missile defense, the S400 Long-Range Regional Air and Missile Defense System supply contract was signed on April 11, 2017.

Within the scope of the contract, the transfer of the first batch of equipment of the S-400 Long-Range Regional Air and Missile Defense System to Mürted Airport in Ankara started on 12 July 2019.

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Russia, Turkey Fulfilling Obligations Under S-400 Contract, Kremlin Says
(Source: TASS; published July 12, 2019)
MOSCOW --- The S-400 missile systems are being delivered to Turkey in strict accordance with the relevant contract, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Everything is being done in strict accordance with the two countries’ agreements and the signed contracts. The parties are fulfilling their obligations," he pointed out.

The Turkish Defense Ministry announced the beginning of the S-400 deliveries earlier on Friday. "The first batch of components has been delivered to the Murted Air Base near Ankara in accordance with the S-400 contract on July 12," the ministry said in a statement.

When asked to comment on it, the Kremlin spokesman said: "I can’t tell you anything new."

Meanwhile, Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has confirmed the beginning of the S-400 deliveries to Turkey. A military diplomat told TASS earlier on Friday that the second military transport aircraft carrying the S-400 systems would soon depart for Turkey.

S-400 deal

News about Russian-Turkish talks on the delivery of the S-400 systems first came in November 2016. In September 2017, Erdogan announced that Ankara had signed a contract with Moscow on purchasing the S-400 systems and made an advance payment. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said later that Ankara would begin the deployment of the S-400 systems in October 2019. Russia’s Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov said in December 2017 that the deal was worth $2.5 bln.

The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ones, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 system can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 35 km.

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Second Plane Carrying S-400 Systems to Depart for Turkey Soon — Source
(Source: TASS; published July 12, 2019)
MOSCOW --- The second Russian military transport aircraft carrying the S-400 missile systems will depart for Turkey soon, a military diplomat told TASS on Friday.

"The Russian Aerospace Force’s military transport aircraft carrying parts of a S-400 regiment set has arrived in Turkey. Another plane will soon deliver the second batch of equipment to the country," he said. "The third batch, containing more than 120 guided missiles of various types, will be dispatched later by sea. It is expected to happen at the end of the summer," the diplomat added.

According to him, the S-400 regiment set for Turkey had already been manufactured.

The Turkish Defense Ministry announced the beginning of the S-400 deliveries earlier on Friday. "The first batch of components has been delivered to the Murted Air Base near Ankara in accordance with the S-400 contract on July 12," the statement reads.

S-400 deal

Meanwhile, the United States continues attempts to stop Turkey from purchasing the Russian missile systems. Washington has stated that it will exclude Ankara from the F-35 program if Turkey buys the S-400 systems.

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