Turkey says S-400 deal with Russian Federation is complete

Marie Harrington
December 30, 2017

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system with a capacity of carrying three types of missiles capable of destroying targets including ballistic and cruise missiles.

The deal, which would make Turkey the first member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to own Russia's most advanced air-defense system, comes amid strengthening ties between Turkey and Russian Federation and the deterioration of Turkey's relationship with the United States and other Western countries.

The deal has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but the Russian missile system can not be integrated into NATO's military architecture. Turkey will be the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member country to purchase the system.

Negotiations on the S-400 deal were first announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September.

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Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, told the newspaper Kommersant in an interview published on December 27 that the deal would consist of four batteries of S-400 missiles.

"That is correct. Two systems, four batteries in total".

The two countries on Friday also completed a financial agreement for the project, under which part of the cost would be financed through a Russian loan, the Defense Industries agency said, without revealing details of the deal. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers.

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