ANKARA – The second stage of deliveries of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey has been completed. On Sunday, the Ministry of national defense of the Republic published a statement.
“Today at the Murted air base in Ankara, the supply of elements of the second battery of the S-400 has been completed,” the document says.
The defense Ministry also noted that the supply of S-400 to Turkey “began on August 27, 2019.”
In September 2017, Russia announced a contract with Turkey for the supply of S-400. Its cost is $2.5 billion. Ankara will receive a regimental set (two divisions). The contract implies a partial transfer of production technologies to the Turkish side. The first deliveries began on July 12.
The US and NATO actively oppose the Republic’s acquisition of the S-400. On July 17, the White House Press Secretary said in a written statement that Turkey’s decision to acquire Russian SAMS makes it impossible for it to continue participating in the program to create American fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers.