Turkey to the US: Give us know-how or we’ll continue to buy Russian weapons
ANKARA, (BM) – According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushuglu, Washington must make a very serious compromise if it wants Turkey to stop buying Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, he learned BulgarianMilitary.com quoting the minister.
Bloomberg quoted Chavushuglu as saying that the Turkish army needed modern weapons, far from its usual performance and capabilities, such as the Russian S-400.
“If you don’t want to buy other systems, then you have to sell us your know-how,” the minister said, referring to US Patriot systems.
“If you don’t, we will continue to buy from elsewhere. Today it could be the S-400. Tomorrow there will be another system. It doesn’t matter,” he said with a great deal of irony against the United States and the West.
Erdogan and his Turkey have seriously decided not to play their partners’ whistle. This is somewhat understandable, since the Turks in recent years have quite intensively and successfully managed to create military technology in various fields. In recent years, their progress in reconnaissance and combat drones has been remarkable.
It is no longer a secret that the United States offered Turkey to buy its Patriot air defense systems, but Ankara refused for two main and key reasons: high cost and less efficient than the S-400. But let’s forget about Russian systems. In fact, Patriots are no more effective even than the Israeli Iron Dome, which is considered one of the best in the world, along with the quoted Russian system.
Therefore, it is not news that Ankara together with Russia will produce the next Turkish S-400 systems, the agreement for which has already been signed.
“We need more than two arrays.” Two, three, five, until we produce them ourselves,” Chavushuglu said, referring to possible threats from Turkey in the Mediterranean, which is considered the most volatile part of the world.
Of course, Washington is trying to use economic levers to influence the Turks, such as imposing sanctions, but so far we see that it has no effect. It has no effect even on India, which totally refused to hear the Americans and continued to buy the S-400.
In reality, these American economic levers affect small economies and countries that are more dependent on external financing.
According to the Turkish foreign minister, they have never ruled out the possibility of buying US air defense systems, but not Trump’s policy of “imposing an external solution without a choice.”
According to the American publication Bloomberg, Turkey has not activated the available Russian air defense systems S-400, but we have repeatedly reported that Ankara is already testing the system and its effectiveness against F-16 and F-22 fighters, the latter are of course positioned in the near east.
According to military analysts, Turkish President Erdogan expects to see the final result of this autumn’s presidential election before making a final decision on when to activate the S-400.
Unfortunately for Washington, however, sooner or later this will happen, as there is no political, financial or civic logic, to shut down a high-tech weapon and keep it “in stock”.
Ultimately, however, Erdogan has a quality that could lead Turkey to a very different place from his desire for a “Great Turkey.” Stubborn. He wants to develop his own weapons technology, he has to choose his suppliers and he has to make the decisions. But this process is always two-way. And if the other party has another intention or does not agree with you, he will use other methods to influence your decision or limit you.
Unfortunately for Erdogan, the market principle has vast decisions that have not yet been made.
Russia has signed a second contract with Turkey for the S-400 missile systems
Russia has signed a second contract for the delivery of the S-400 with Turkey, Alexander Mikheev, general manager of Rosoboronexpor, told reporters on August 23 during the Army-2020 forum.
In short, Putin gives everything to Turkey. Of course, Trump does the same. In other words, the two superpowers are giving weapons to Ankara, while they are also turning a blind eye to the challenges in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey bought a number of these missile systems from Russia last year, prompting Washington to suspend Ankara’s participation in the US “invisible” F-35 fighter jet program. The United States has said that Turkey risks US sanctions if it develops Russian-made S-400s.
So since the Turks wrote the American ultimatums on their old shoes, the Russians offer weapons systems at very good prices, we here in Greece must move quickly and buy, or build new weapons systems.
Some military Greek experts said that Greece “is obliged to move at a very fast pace and to equip ourselves like “lobsters” for what the neo-Ottomans are planning with the many imperial ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean, which, as it seems, no one “touches”, neither the Americans, nor of course the German-occupied EU”.
Negotiations on this order have been going on for months
as we reported in the end of May this year, the negotiations between Russia and Turkey on the delivery of the second set of S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft systems are in an advanced stage.
“Negotiations are underway, this is a laborious process that requires a certain amount of time. But given the current restrictions in connection with the pandemic, it is not very grateful to predict the terms of concluding this contract,” TASS has wrote.
The head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev noted that at the moment the parties are awaiting the final decision of Turkey.
Russian-Turkish S-400 deal background
Russia and Turkey signed a multi-billion dollar contract for the supply of S-400 Triumph air defense systems in 2017. The deal provoked strong discontent from the United States. Washington threatened Ankara with sanctions, and then expelled her from the F-35 fighter program.
On April 30, an official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalyn, announced the suspension of the transaction for the supply of S-400 systems due to the coronavirus.
What S-400 missile system is?
S-400 Triumph is a Russian long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). S-400 is designed to destroy all modern and promising means of aerospace attack [including hypersonic].
According to Western analysts, the S-400, along with systems such as the Iskander OTRK and coastal anti-ship systems of the Bastion class, plays a key role in the new concept of the Russian Armed Forces, known in the West as the “Access Denied Zone” [Anti-Access / Area Denial, A2 / AD], which consists in the fact that NATO troops cannot be and move within the range of A2 / AD restricted area systems without the risk of causing unacceptable damage to them.
Triumph is the name of the export version. The market price of one division of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is about $ 500 million.
Technical characteristics of S-400 missile system
The performance characteristics of the S-400 Triumph are: detects a target at a distance of 600 km; strikes a target at a distance of 400 km; the maximum speed of the hit targets – 4.8 km / s; at the same time can fire 36 targets with pointing up to 72 missiles on them; deployment time of the system from the stowed state – 5-10 minutes; the time to bring the system’s assets into combat readiness from the deployed state is 3 minutes.
How does the Triumph air defense system work?
The S-400 Triumph is not just an installation for launching missiles, but a whole complex of coordinated and complex systems, the components of which are located on high-cross-country vehicles.
The entire process from detecting to destroying a target occurs automatically:
- The radar system (radar) detects hundreds of targets within a radius of 600 km and determines their nationality.
- Data is sent to the command post (55K6E). He, in turn, distributes targets between several launchers (5P85TE2).
- Each command post can simultaneously control eight air defense systems, each of which carries up to 12 launchers. They, in turn, accommodate four missiles with different masses, launch ranges and capabilities.
- Depending on the type of target, an air defense system selects a missile. The S-400 Triumph is armed with missiles with different weights, launch ranges and capabilities: 48N6E, 48N6E2, 48N6E3, 9M96E and 9M96E2.
- Ultra-long-range missiles (up to 400 km) are capable of destroying targets even beyond the reach of targeting locators, for which they have unique homing heads. After climbing at the command of such a rocket itself goes into search mode.
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