Turkey, Russia sign deal on supply of S-400 missiles


While pushing ahead with the S-400 project, Ankara has sought to secure defense deals with other countries as well.

Turkish media reported Friday that Turkey would purchase four S-400 units at a cost of $2.5 billion.

Chemezov told Kommersant that Turkey was the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state to acquire the advanced S-400 missile system. By 2020, we plan to start the first supplies to the neighboring country, said the official, who acknowledged that until now it is the only country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to acquire this system.

Earlier this week, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said the two countries sorted out the remaining details behind the deal, agreeing that Ankara is to receive two systems and four batteries from Russian Federation. The S-400 can target aircraft, cruise missiles, medium-range missiles, drones and other airborne surveillance systems, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The reason for the discrepancy over the number of batteries Russian Federation would supply Turkey was not immediately clear.

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The missiles have a maximum range of 400 kilometers and are capable of reaching targets at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometers.

"The system can be used independently without any external connection", it said.

On September 12, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had signed an agreement with Moscow on purchases of S-400 systems, with an advance payment already made.

"The system's operation, management, and systems recognizing friends and foes will be undertaken through national means", the Defense Industries body said.