Turkey Will Use Its S-400 Missile Defense Systems, Minister Said

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkey will use the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased by Russia and they will function to guarantee national territorial security, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

According to the Turkish Defense Minister, Turkish troops are currently learning how to operate and use the S-400 air defense system, after which Turkey will proceed with planned actions to include the S-400 in the country’s defense.

Read more: Turkey and the US Discussed the S-400 Purchase – “It is a Very Serious Challenge” Trump Said

We remind you that Turkey is the first NATO member to buy these air defense systems. So far, only Greece has S-300 air defense systems, but they are an old version and purchased decades ago.

Turkey’s decision to buy Russia’s S-400 air defense systems has generated thousands of comments and analyzes over the past year. The US has repeatedly threatened Turkey with economic sanctions.

Subsequently, the US decided to exclude Turkey from the F-35 program. So far, around 900 parts and components for the American fighter have been manufactured in Turkey.

However, Erdogan has repeatedly stated that his country needs protection because of its large territory and conflicts close to the Turkish border.

Economic sanctions against Turkey for the purchase of the S-400 have been set, but so far Donald Trump has not yet implemented them.

In the middle of this year, the US tried to sell Turkey’s Patriot missile defense systems, but Erdogan refused, saying the US bid was more expensive than the Russian bid.

Read more: Second Batch of Russian S-400 Missile Defense Systems to Turkey May Be Delayed

However, at the last meeting between Donald Trump and Erdogan in the US, the Turkish president hinted that his country could also buy US air defense systems.

What really is the S-400 Triumph?

S-400 ant-aircraft defense system is an updated version of the old Soviet S-300 system.

A number of international publications, including the US, claim the S-400 missile system is one of the most dangerous in the world.

In 2017, the American magazine The Economist identified the S-400 Triumph as “one of the best air defense systems ever made” and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said the “S-400 is among the most modern systems that the world currently has.”

Contrary to expectations, the missile arsenal and precision of defeat do not make it so unique.

The uniqueness comes from the 96L6E2 type radar, which is entirely Russian development from the new “renaissance” era of the Russian military-industrial complex.

Read more: U.S Allows Turkey to Rejoin the F-35 Program Under Certain Conditions

The Radar 96L6E2 detects absolutely all types of aircraft, fighters, bombers and stealth technology aircraft that the world is familiar with and has today. It works on any terrain – rough terrain, forests and mountains. The radar can locate and capture in tracking mode 100 targets at a time.

The ballistic range of the missiles is up to 230 square kilometers. Separately, locating a foreign aircraft, the radar has an “automatic launch” mode within a radius of 580 km.

Another advantage of S-400`s radar technology is possibility to locate and fire on cruise missiles.

Currently, Russia is in the final stages of developing their new S-500 anti-aircraft defense suystem, which will have an updated version of the radar system and be armed with hypersonic missiles.

There are still rumors, but it is said that in addition to Russia, Turkey and India will be involved in this project as equal partners.

Read more: Ankara Will Use the S-400 Missile Systems in the Event of a Possible Attack Against Turkey, Erdogan Said

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