Turkey Receives S-400 Next Months; Indian Deadlines for 5th Gen Fighters; Turkey Pushes Offensive in Syria

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 16 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

S-400 deliveries to Turkey may be completed in November-December — Erdogan

Deliveries of Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey may be completed in November or December, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday after his trip to Azerbaijan.

They [the United States] said that they will not sell us [Patriot missile systems]. What happened after that? We purchased S-400, with deliveries already underway. The final stage will be completed in December or possibly in November,” NTV quoted Erdogan as saying.

In September 2017, Russia announced signing a $2.5 billion contract with Turkey on S-400 delivery. First deliveries of S-400 missile systems to Turkey started in July. The United States and NATO oppose Ankara’s purchase of S-400 systems from Russia.

Indian Air Force sets deadlines for 5th generation fighter program

Any information on the steps to develop a fifth-generation fighter in one country or another provokes a zealous reaction in India. So, against the backdrop of the demonstration in Seoul of a full-size prototype of the KF-X fighter, New Delhi was once again called to intensify work under the AMCA program.

A few days ago, the head of the Indian Air Force headquarters, Marshal Rocket Bhadauria, announced that India would not soon buy the 5 generation fighter abroad, because “it would soon be created by itself.”

During the conference the day before, Air Marshal Bhadauria called on the Indian Defense Research Agency (DRDO) to ensure the creation of such an aircraft.

From the statement of the Indian marshal: “The AMCA program should be successful, but more attention needs to be paid to ultimately flying our own fifth-generation fighter into the sky. This is a major project that our defense research agency should achieve.”

According to Rakesh Bhadauria, India must “improve its own technologies to provide an advantage.” The chief of staff of the Indian Air Force also noted that today there is “not enough” of its own technologies for creating the fighter of the 5 generation of India, but “over the course of 10 years, everything should change, including the technology of the latest weapons.” Deadlines set.

Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop

Turkey vowed to press ahead with its offensive in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces.

“They say ‘declare a ceasefire’. We will never declare a ceasefire,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after a visit to Baku.

“They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are not worried about any sanctions.”

Erdogan said an attack from Manbij that killed one Turkish soldier was launched by Syrian government forces.

Reuters journalists accompanied Syrian government forces who entered the centre of Manbij, a flashpoint where U.S. troops had previously conducted joint patrols with Turkey.

Russian and Syrian flags were flying from a building on the city outskirts and from a convoy of military vehicles.

Russia’s Interfax news agency, citing Moscow’s Defence Ministry, said later that Syrian forces had taken control of an area of more than 1,000 square km (386 miles) around Manbij, including Tabqa military airfield.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision to withhold protection from Syria’s Kurds after a phone call with Erdogan a week ago swiftly upended five years of U.S. policy on Syria.

Read more: Erdogan Announces Liberation of Syria ‘Safe Zone’; Kurdish Counter-Attack

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Source: TASS, Topwar, Reuters