Turkey has deployed the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMs) purchased from Russia near Samsun city on the Black Sea coast. Turkish journalist Rajipa Soylu informed about it today, October 6, having published the corresponding video on his Twitter account.
“It is noteworthy that Turkey will test S-400 in the Black Sea – right opposite Russia,” he wrote.
Earlier it became known that the Turkish Armed Forces plan to activate long-range S-400 SAM systems and test them at the firing range near the Black Sea town of Sinop in the first half of this month.
Signs that Turkey activated its S-400 radars to detect U.S.-manufactured Greek F-16 fighters upon their return from the exercise codenamed “Eunomia” on August 27 off the coast of Cyprus appeared to have triggered an alarm in Washington. This “incident” was followed by visits by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, first to Cyprus on September 12, and then to Greece on September 27-29. Greek newspaper Kathimerini wrote about it the day before, on October 5.
Recall that the Ministry of Defense of Turkey on July 25, 2019, announced the completion of the first phase of delivery of components C-400 in the country. As part of the first phase of the contract between Russia and Turkey, 30 aircraft landed at Murted Air Base. The first deliveries of S-400 components to Turkey began on July 12 last year. The second stage of Russian SAMs supplies to Turkish partners started on August 27 and ended on September 14. Russia and Turkey concluded an agreement on the supply of Ankara S-400 in 2017. Turkey has acquired four divisions of SAMs, the contract amount is $ 2.5 billion.