Turkey is ready to use the Russian-made S-400s if necessary

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ANKARA ($1=18.62 Turkish Liras) — Russian S-400s are ready for use in Turkey. Ankara will use the systems if necessary, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on NTV. Akar said that the S-400 is ready for use on the spot, it will be installed when any threat appears, RIA Novosti reports.

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He also added that Ankara is making efforts to buy F-16 fighter jets from the US, but there is an alternative if the deal falls through. On September 12 this year, Turkish President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan again threatened to turn to Russia if the US does not sell the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets that Turkey wants. Erdogan made the “threat” through an interview in a Turkish newspaper. “The United States is not alone in selling fighter jets. The United Kingdom, France, and Russia are also selling them. It is possible to get it elsewhere and some are already sending us signals,” Erdogan said.

Russia and Turkey 2017 signed the first contract for the S400 batteries worth $ 2.5 billion with an option to purchase another battery. Deliveries of the first regiment to the Turkish side were made in the summer and autumn of 2019.

TASS agency reported on August 17 that Russia and Turkey have signed a second contract for the supply of the Russian anti-missile system S-400. Then, the same day, a representative of the Turkish Ministry of Defense did not confirm the information of the TASS agency. “So we have no specific news worth reporting. The process [delivery of system components] continues and there are no new agreements,” the Turkish politician added.

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Recall that Washington offered Ankara to abandon the S-400 for $100 billion, but Turkey did not agree to the proposal. Moreover, Turkey intends to purchase additional batches of S-400s from Russia in the future. The United States actively tried to prevent Turkey from buying S-400 air defense systems from Russia and repeatedly threatened to refuse the sale of F-35 fighter bombers, but Ankara made it clear that the issue of buying Russian systems was closed.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the supply of Russian S-400 air defense systems is an internal affair of Turkey, they do not bear a negative attitude towards NATO.

What S-400 SAM 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.

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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.

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 S-400 SAM 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:

1st – The radar system [radar] detects hundreds of targets within a radius of 600 km and determines their nationality.

2nd – Data is sent to the command post [55K6E]. He, in turn, distributes targets between several launchers [5P85TE2].

3rd- 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.

4th – 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.

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5th – 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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