Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement in principle on the delivery of the second set of S-400 air defense systems, head of the defense industry Secretariat of the Republic Ismail Demir said.
Russia fulfilled in 2019 the first contract for the supply of four S-400 divisions to Turkey for 2.5 billion dollars. The agreement also includes an option for another regimental kit.
“We have an agreement in principle to supply the second set of S-400s. There are still technical works on technology transfer, details of joint production, and the road map,” Demir said.
“The S-400 system is being purchased for use. Point. This has been repeatedly discussed at all state levels. The work continues,” Demir said.
He said that Ankara “is interested in the proposals for Patriot and Eurosam air defense systems.”
“If they are specific, we will continue working on them. The Patriot has yet to reach a mature solution. Eurosam is already working with France and Italy. For the Turkish part, it is almost finished. As soon as the other two countries finish their part, we will move on,” added the head of the Turkish defense industry Secretariat.
Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to abandon the deal and instead purchase American patriot complexes, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions by CAATSA (the law “On countering America’s adversaries through sanctions”). Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional batch of S-400.