Turkey: work continues to make the S-400 operational
Expected until Spring
According to the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Ankara will continue its work until the Spring of 2020 to make Russian S-400 missile systems operational. Turkey also continues to argue with the US about the possible delivery of even US Patriot "land-to-air" platforms. Already in July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared that Turkey could have operated the S-400s in April next year, after appropriate military training.
Turkey is among the first member States of NATO to buy such air defense missile systems from Russia. S-400 deliveries to Ankara started this July (see AVIONEWS). The US and NATO tried to stop the purchase and Trump repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions.
The S-400 is currently among the most advanced long-range air defense missile systems. It is designed to destroy aircraft and ballistic missiles, can hit targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency