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Turkey nearing decision to buy S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system
May 23, 2019
S-400. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Turkey nearing decision to buy S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system

The Turkish government is reportedly nearing a final decision towards purchasing Almaz-Antey S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Russia.

As per Turkey’s state-owned news agency Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s defence minister Fikri Işık was quoted saying, “We are at the final stages of deciding on this [S-400].” Işık noted that Turkey’s requirement for a long-range SAM system was ‘urgent.’

Turkey reportedly began pursuing the S-400 in November. In February, it began talks with Russia for the system and had seemed to reach a favourable point in March when Ankara, as per Rostec’s CEO Sergey Chemezov, requested a loan from the Russian government to help back the deal.

Although it is seeking the S-400, Turkey is also maintaining a domestic long-range SAM program, which Işık stated would enter production “within five-to-seven years.”

Thus far, Russia sold S-400 systems to China and India.