Turkey says it has bought Russia’s most sophisticated missile-defense system
Turkey has agreed to purchase the S-400 surface-to-air missile-defense system.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he signed a deal to buy the missile system on Tuesday, according to The New York Times, citing local media.
“Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia,” Erdogan said. “A deposit has also been paid as far as I know.”
The prospective purchase was first reported several months ago, but Erdogan’s announcement is the first confirmation Ankara has given that it has paid for the weapons system.
Turkey’s membership in NATO would typically require purchasing weapons systems approved by the defense bloc, but the deal comes amid worsening tensions between Turkey and its NATO partners.
Turkey started looking for its own missile-defense system after the US, Germany, and the Netherlands, declined to renew their Patriot-missile deployments in southern Turkey.
The S-400 system can detect and target missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft, and hit targets up to 250 miles away. But it is not compatible with NATO systems, nor would it be subject to the same NATO limits on deployment, meaning that Ankara could set it up in places like the …read more
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