Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar: “Turkey to begin installing S-400 system in October 2019”
- October 25, 2018
Turkey will begin the installation of Russian-made S-400 antiaircraft missile systems in October 2019.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar “Personnel would be sent to Russia to receive training at the start of 2019” said. He also said that the F-35 warplanes as part of a joint program with the U.S. and he did not expect any problems with the delivery of the aircrafts.
As a NATO member country, Turkey’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 systems has raised concern among other NATO member countries. However, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg ended speculations, saying member states have the sovereign right to make decisions regarding their military purchases.
In September, Turkey agreed to buy two S-400s in a deal worth over $2 billion. Officials from Ankara have repeatedly said that the purchase of the S-400 systems was prompted to fulfill the country’s security needs.
The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ones, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 complex can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.