The Turkish military began to check the work of Russian air defense radar S-400. The functioning of the systems will be tested within two days with the help of aircraft and F -16 fighters. The newspaper Milliyet, citing a source, reported this.
“The Secretariat of the defense industry will conduct training flights of F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft at different altitudes on November 25 and 26 in the airspace near Ankara,” Free News quotes the message of the administration of the head of Ankara.
According to the publication, during the tests, the military plans to check the connection between the aircraft and the air defense systems purchased from Russia.
Russia began deliveries of the S-400 to Turkey in July 2019. The cost of weapons amounted to 2.5 billion dollars. As reported by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, the system is planned to fully enter into force in the spring of 2020.
In response to the purchase of the Russian S-400, the United States excluded Turkey from the program of production of components for F35 aircraft. Washington also offered the Turkish side to completely abandon the contract and buy patriot complexes in return and threatened sanctions. But the Turkish leader did not cancel the agreement with Russia.