Turkey secures missile deal with Russian Federation

Katrina Barker
December 30, 2017

Turkey will be the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member country to purchase the system.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have warned Turkey about unspecified consequences of purchasing the S-400, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claims ties with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remain strong.

He noted Moscow was expected to begin the first deliveries in March 2020 and that Turkey was the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state to acquire the advanced S-400 missile system.

National Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday confirmed an earlier statement by the head of Russia's state defense corporation Rostec that the S-400 deal had been concluded. "But the idea of paying a portion of the total amount by getting a loan prevailed in the end. Fifty-five percent is Russian credit", Chemezov told Kommersant.

The system can track and engage up to 300 targets at a time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometres. Each missile battery can simultaneously hit 80 different targets with two missiles each.

Russia and Turkey support opposing sides in the Syrian war, but Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin patched up relations that were badly damaged when Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in November 2015.

Negotiations on the S-400 deal were first announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September.

Under an accord signed in Ankara on Friday, the first delivery is planned for March 2020.

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