Russian Federation confirms missile defense system sale to Turkey

Kristopher Drake
December 30, 2017

Turkey and Russian Federation have signed a loan agreement for the purchase of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems, TASS reports, citing Haberturk TV channel announcement on Friday.

With the purchase of the S-400s, Ankara aims to build Turkey's first long-range air and anti-missile defense system to guard against threats in the region.

Turkey will have to pay $1.125 Billion as cash for the S-400 purchase (45 per cent of $2.5 billion). "But the idea of paying a portion of the total amount by getting a loan prevailed in the end. The deal is completely done", Canikli said. "Otherwise, it was already a done deal", he added. The Turkish-Russian agreement on supplies of Russia-made S-400 air defense missile systems also provides for technological cooperation between the two countries, Haberturk TV said on Friday, citing Turkey's defense industry executive committee.

The system can track and engage up to 300 targets at a time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).

Turkey has completed a deal with Russia for the purchase of a Russian antimissile system, Turkish defense officials announced Friday, despite concerns voiced by some of Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

On November 2, Director General of Russia's Rostec corporation Sergei Chemezon told TASS that the contract with Turkey on the sales of S-400 Triumf systems exceeded two billion USA dollars.

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