Russia accomplishes 2nd stage of S-400 missile system components

TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) – Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Sunday Russia has completed the second stage of delivery of S-400 air defence missile system components to Turkey.

The deliveries of elements of the second battery of the S-400 air defense missile systems to the Murted airbase, which began on August 27, has completed today," the statement said as Sputnik reported.

According to the ministry, personnel training and the installment of the systems is currently in progress. The systems are expected to become operational by April 2020, the statement adds.

Russia completed the first shipment of its S-400 air defense systems to Turkey in summer amid US pressure on Ankara to drop the agreement with Moscow. The US offered Ankara Patriot missiles - a system they initially refused to sell to Turkey - as an alternative to the S-400. However, Turkey declined the offer and opted for the S-400s over the Patriots due to the better deal terms offered by Russia.

Nevertheless, the Turkish President recently said that it would be irrational for the United States to slap sanctions on Turkey, adding that despite the S-400 purchase, Turkey would be willing to buy "a certain amount" of Patriots from the United States. 

Moscow and Ankara signed an agreement for the delivery of four Russian S-400 batteries worth $2.5 billion in December 2017. The contract has been strongly criticized by the United States and NATO, both of which have cited concerns over the S-400’s incompatibility with existing NATO systems. To dispel Washington's concerns, Ankara offered to set up a working group. However, the United States dismissed Turkey's idea.

Turkey's decision to purchase S-400s prompted the United States to suspend Ankara's participation in the F-35 fighter program in a move strongly criticized by Ankara, which stressed that the United States did not have any legal ground to do so.


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