The Deliveries of the Second Russian-Made S-400 Missile Systems to Turkey will begin on August 27

ISTAMBUL, (BM) – The deliveries of the second battalion of Russian-made S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey will begin on August 27, learned, quoting TAAS and according Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar statement on Monday.

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“The process of transporting and delivering the second battery of the S-400 to Turkey will begin tomorrow,” the defense minister said in a live broadcast of NTV television channel.

The first reports about the talks between Russia and Turkey on the deliveries of S-400 air defense missile systems came in November 2016. Russia confirmed in September 2017 that the relevant contract worth $2.5 billion had been signed. Under the contract, Ankara will get a regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems (two battalions). The deal also envisages partial transfer of production technology to the Turkish side.

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Turkey is the first NATO member state to purchase such air-defense missile systems from Russia. The first battalion of S-400 air defense systems was delivered to Turkey’s Murted Air Base in Ankara by 30 military transport planes on July 12-25.

The United States and NATO have been making attempts to prevent Turkey from purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile systems. Washington has warned on many occasions that it may impose sanctions on Turkey, if Ankara presses ahead with the S-400 deal.

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The S-400 ‘Triumf’ is the most advanced long-range air defense missile system that went into service in Russia in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

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Source: TASS