Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Turkey Set To Buy Russian Missile Defence System

Turkey Set To Buy Russian Missile Defence System

Russia and Turkey have signed a contract on the delivery of the S-400 missile system and it will soon come into effect, said Vladimir Kozhin, Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide for military-technical cooperation. The Pentagon has already expressed its dissatisfaction with the arms deal.

Turkey concluded a deal with Russian Federation to buy its S-400 missile defense systems, Turkish and Russian Federation media confirmed on Tuesday.

One of the biggest challenges to the deal is that the radar system of the S-400 anti-ballistic missile system is not interoperable with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation radar systems.

According to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey had already made paid the first required payment and next step will be the credit transfer granted by Moscow, in order to complete transaction.

"Putin and myself are determined on this issue", he told journalists.

A Pentagon spokesman criticised the procurement decision, saying that, "generally it's a good idea" for members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to buy inter-operable equipment. Davis said they were concerned that there would be a mismatch between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air defense system and the Russian S-400 system.

The S-400 is most advanced missile system air-to-ground that you have Russian Federation, capable of reaching a target at a range of 400 kilometers and that no member of atlantic alliance now uses.This purchase of military material to a third-party vendor to partnership will raise issues within NATO.

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