- Turkish Defense Industry Department said that "delivery of remained parts of the system will continue in the coming days."
- Turkey says the two systems would be located in separate locations, and the United States was slow to provide an alternative missile defense shield.
- Turkish president believes that Donald Trump is less aggressive and opposed to the deal from the Pentagon.
The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Friday that they have received the first Russian air defense system S-400. The delivery was made earlier today with the equipment reaching an air base northwest of the capital Ankara, the ministry said. The purchase angered the United States, Turkey’s ally. The United States has warned Turkey that it may face sanctions because of the purchase, including denial of access to US F-35 fighter jets.
For its part, NATO expressed concern about the possible consequences of Turkey’s decision to acquire the “S 400” system. A NATO official said it was up to the member states to own and buy the military equipment they needed, but it was imperative that NATO armed forces be able to work together.
In a separate statement, the Turkish Defense Industry Department said that “delivery of remained parts of the system will continue in the coming days.” Turkey signed a deal to buy 100 US F-35 fighter jets and invested heavily in the fighter program. Turkish companies are producing 937 parts for the aircraft.
But Turkey has also pursued an increasingly defensive policy amid strained relations with the United States and Europe. It bought Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense system for $2.5 billion and sent members of its armed forces to Russia for training.
Defense officials said the S-400 was not compatible with NATO’s broader air defense systems in the region. The officials said they did not want the F-35s to be near the S-400 because they feared Russian technicians would seek to learn the aircraft’s vulnerabilities.
But Turkey says the two systems would be located in separate locations, and the United States was slow to provide an alternative missile defense shield. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting US President Donald Trump, he believed the United States would not impose sanctions.
Political analysts believe this will lead to a major row between Washington and one of NATO’s main allies. The Turkish president believes that Donald Trump is less aggressive and opposed to the deal from the Pentagon. Turkey is a main ally of the United States with an important geographical and strategic position. The country shares borders with Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
It has played an important role in the Syrian conflict, providing arms and military support to some armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
What is the A-400 system?
The S-400 is one of the most advanced surface-to-air missile systems in the world, with a range of 400 kilometers, and can drop up to 80 targets at a time. Russia says the system could hit air targets ranging from low-drones to high-altitude aircraft and long-range missiles.
How does the system work?
Long-range radar monitors various objects and sends information to the command unit, which in turn evaluates potential targets. Set targets and send commands to command vehicle to launch rockets. The launch data is sent to the best launch vehicle, which in turn launches surface-to-air missiles. The engagement radar helps steer the rockets towards the target.