Judging by Ankara’s statements, Turkey can still sell S-400 air defense systems purchased from Russia to the United States. In return, she will be returned to the F-35 program, the “full partner” of which she was previously a partner. What Russian military secrets in this case can fall into the hands of the Americans?
Recall that Ankara is indeed one of the partners of the U.S. in the program to create a fifth-generation fighter F-35 Lightning II. This aircraft is produced in wide international cooperation, a number of components are localized in Turkey. President Erdogan is very interested in this project. In addition to the F-35, the Turks are working on their own stealth fighter.
You can understand Ankara: next door is an old adversary in the person of Greece, from a direct collision with which sometimes holds only the membership of both in NATO. With Athens, President Erdogan did not share hydrocarbon deposits on the continental shelf. At the same time, the Greeks themselves have a strong enough army, the air defense of which is based on the strela, Osa-AKM, Tor-M2, and S-300 Russian-made systems. The Air Force of this country is represented by fully suitable fighters F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and Mirage 2000. In addition, in distant Libya is clearly planned a clash of the Turks with Egypt, which also has a strong enough army, air force, and air defense.
To confidently resist such adversaries, it is necessary to have a significant advantage in the quality of weapons, which was supposed to be done at the expense of fifth-generation F-35 fighters and the most modern anti-aircraft systems S-400. The latter has become a stumbling block in relations between Ankara and Washington. The Americans expelled Turkey from their F-35 Lightning II program for the purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system. She managed to get only five planes that the weather will not make.
The quarrel between the two strongest members of NATO clearly does not benefit the bloc. Therefore, there are suggestions from the United States, as the parties can find a compromise. Jim Townsend, a former Pentagon policy officer for NATO, commented as follows:
I think that buying the U.S. S-400 from Turkey is a smart way to get Erdogan out of the trouble he drove himself into. And if it allows the Turks to take part in the F-35, the better. By the way, the transfer of purchased S-400 to a third party is prohibited by the contract with Russia, but, as they say, one “yatagan” in the back more, one less. What will the Americans get if they get the most modern Russian missile defense systems in their hands?
On the one hand, export variants of the S-400 were delivered to Turkey, which has understated characteristics. If the complex for “internal use” can operate at a distance of up to 400 kilometers, the “Turkish” – only for 150-160. Long-range anti-aircraft missiles for the S-400 were hardly supplied, but much more important not even they, and electronic stuffing of anti-aircraft missiles. Military experts explain that when trying to get into it, the complex equipment will break. In other words, the Americans will get weakened air defense systems that cannot function properly without regulatory service by Russian specialists.
On the other hand, we must be aware that the United States itself conducts intelligence activities and produces weapons. The same S-300, the precursor of the S-400, they have long dismantled the cogs. How anti-aircraft systems function, Americans themselves know perfectly well, the question is in nuances. Simply copying the S-400 is unlikely to make sense to them, as they are not unified by NATO standards, and this will require the organization of technologically complex productions. But to see something interesting to them, or otherwise to get the right information, they will surely be able to do so.
Sergey Marzhetsky Source: topcor.ru
Russia reacted to the idea of the United States to buy the S-400 from Turkey. Turkey will not sell S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to the United States, according to Russian parliamentarians. So they commented on the initiative of Senator John Tyun, who called “away” to resolve the contradictions between Washington and Ankara on the Russian missile defense system. He introduced an amendment to the U.S. defense budget, in which he proposed to buy these systems from Turkey.
Senator Vladimir Jabarov suggested that the U.S. military plans to dismantle Russian vehicles “before the cogs” to create something of their own. They don’t have such weapons yet,” he told the radio station “Speaking Moscow.” “I can’t understand how relations between the U.S. and Turkey will improve if the U.S. takes some C-400. In my opinion, only to satisfy his curiosity, or to be more precise, to simply steal our secrets military,” he said.
Senator Oleg Morozov, for his part, called Hyun’s proposal trolling. He stressed that the “stuffing” of the Russian missile defense system for Washington does not represent any secret.” Turkey is a NATO country, it is clear that if it has S-400, the Americans also know a lot about this system,” the NNS quoted him as saying.
MP Leonid Slutsky also admitted that Ankara will not consider the initiative of the American senator.” (It’s. the proposal is unscrupulous, cynical, but I hope it is unlikely to be possible and accepted by the Turkish side,” the politician said. “And not the last factor: I think that Turkey also realizes that even a hypothetical discussion of such re-exports can complicate bilateral relations with Russia, undermine confidence in the framework of strategic partnership,” he said.
Maria Vorobyeva, a spokeswoman for the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, later stressed that Turkey would not be able to hand over anti-aircraft missile systems to the United States without Moscow’s consent.
“In order to export military products, the buyer of our equipment must present the Russian side with a certificate of end-user. Therefore, it is impossible to transfer it or re-export to third countries without the official permission of the Russian side,” she explained.