Turkey in Final Stage of Buying Russian S-400 Anti-missile System
21 de abril de 2017, 11:55Ankara,Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Turkey''s talks with Russia to purchase the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system have reached the final stage, the country''s defense minister said.
He added that other NATO nations have not offered Turkey a viable alternative to the Russian system.
'It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system but NATO member countries have not presented an offer which is financially effective,' Fikri Isik told a news conference today.
'Work on the S-400 has reached a final point,' he added.
The negotiations between Turkey and Russia on a long-range air defense system deal were revealed in November last year.
Back in 2015, Ankara walked out of a $3.4 billion contract for a similar Chinese system, FD-2000, the export version of HQ-9. The Chinese bid had won a 2013 tender, but Turkey canceled the agreement, citing Beijing's unwillingness to transfer technology along with the equipment.
Turkey's choice of Chinese weapons sparked concern among other NATO members, primarily because the system was incompatible with the equipment used by the bloc. Isik confirmed today that Turkey was not planning to integrate the Russian S-400 system into NATO air defenses.
The S-400 is one of Russia's most advanced weapon systems. It can shoot down aircraft at a range of 400km and ballistic missiles at a range of 60km, as well as engaging 36 targets simultaneously. A battery is currently deployed in Syria, defending the Russian airbase near Latakia.
Today the Kremlin announced a meeting on May 3 in Sochi between the presidents of Russia and Turkey to discused the situation in Syria and probably also to talk about the sale of the S-400 missile system.
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