Turkish authorities have disclosed the timing of the start of work in the country of Russian Anti-Aircraft Systems S-400 Triumph. The words of the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic Hulusi Akkara are reported by the Turkiye newspaper.
The Minister noted that this will happen in April or May 2020. “The process of training the operation of the S-400 continues, and the process is proceeding smoothly,” Akkar said.
In December, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that one of the reasons for Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400s was the failure of the deal on the American Patriot missile defense systems. He noted that Turkey’s task is to ensure its security, and this is understood by US President Donald Trump, despite the economic sanctions imposed on Ankara.
The agreement on the supply of four Russian-made S-400 Triumph divisions to Turkey was concluded in September 2017. The value of the contract was $2.5 billion, half covered by the Russian loan. Deliveries to Turkey began in July 2019. Due to fears of leakage through the S-400 Triumph data revealing the capabilities of American fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, Washington has suspended the supply of this equipment to Ankara. In total, Turkey was to receive more than 100 aircraft.