Russia and Turkey will start joint production of S-400 defense system and transfer of technologies
ANKARA, (BM) – Russia and Turkey will start joint production of S-400 defense system and transfer of technologies, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir statement and quoting Defenseweek.
As we reported yesterday, Turkey could finalise terms for delivery of a second consignment of S-400 advanced missile defences from Russia by April when the first batch will be ready to operate.
A source from Turkish Defense Industry gave us today more datails about the agreement “The agreement with Russia on the acquisition of S-400 includes two divisions. The first of them has already been delivered. Now training is in progress, and in April next year, the systems will be fully installed. For this division, the agreement does not envisage joint production and transfer of technologies, the complexes came to Turkey completely manufactured in Russia”
The source said also “The contract for its supply has been signed, the negotiations concern not the purchase, but the joint production and transfer of technologies. Negotiations have been going on for a long time, while there is no question that the both sides will be able to agree”.
At the same time, the source noted that there is no exact date for signing the agreement, but “this should happen before April of next year.”
Turkey has already agreed to buy two consignments of S-400s, triggering a crisis with the United States and possible U.S. sanctions, but Ankara is discussing technology transfer and joint production with Moscow for the second batch, he said.
The United States says the S-400s are incompatible with Western defences and has suspended NATO ally Turkey from an F35 stealth fighter jet programme because it fears Russia would gain information about the jets through deployment of the systems.
Ismail Demir, head of the Turkish Defence Industry Directorate, said Ankara was still interested in buying U.S. Patriot defences. Turkey had no preconditions, he said, but Washington has repeatedly asked Turkey to drop the S-400s.
“If one of the parties change the rules of the game, the other party would not have to play the game,” Demir said.
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Source: Defenseweek, Reuters