Russia, Turkey agree on S-400 air defense system delivery

      Russia and Turkey has reportedly agreed on the delivery of the S-400 long-range air defense system to Turkish Armed Forces.

      “The contract has been agreed upon. The issue on the loan has not been resolved yet,” Russian presidential aide, Vladimir Kozhin was quoted as saying by Russian news agency RIA Novosti. He added that Russia saw “no obstacles” to the delivery of the air missile defense system to Turkey in connection with its membership to NATO. Russia’s readiness to supply the system was earlier reported by DefPost.

      S-400 Triumf (Russian: C-400 Триумф, Triumph; NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler), is a next-generation air defense system developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.

      The S-400 can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets including ballistic and cruise missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (400 km), the long-range 48N6 (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km). It can track and engage up to 300 targets at the same time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles). The system was previously known as the S-300PMU-3.

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