President of the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir answered the questions on the SSB official YouTube channel. İsmail Demir, in his speech in which he evaluated the general situation in the sector, also made a statement regarding the latest situation regarding the S-400 air defense missile systems.
Demir stated that the maintenance of S-400 air defense systems supplied from Russia will be carried out by Turkish personnel. It has been clarified that, as alleged, Russian personnel will not take an active role in the process. İsmail Demir regarding the subject:
“Although items such as training, maintenance, maintenance and technical support are included in the S-400 supply agreement, Russian personnel will not be able to access the S-400 batteries as they wish. Maintenance activities will be in Turkish companies and Turkish Air Force. ”
S-400 and Supply Process
According to the statements of the Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar on January 15, the Turkish Armed Forces were continuing their work on getting the Russian origin S-400 systems ready for the task. The process would be completed in April or May 2020. Turkey and Russia 2017 billion dollars in September 2.5 on the S-400 had signed a supply agreement. The first batch deliveries were made by air transport in June 2019.
S-400 Triumf (NATO: SA-21 Growler) is an advanced air defense system that joined the inventory of the Russian Army in 2007. It was designed against ground targets with aircraft, cruise missiles, a number of ballistic missiles. According to TASS's statement, the S-400 can engage targets at 35 km altitude and 400 km distance.
İbrahim Kalın announced that activation of S-400 systems was delayed
Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın stated that Erdogan and Trump talked about the Patriot missiles several times and said, “The activation of the S-400s was delayed due to the coronavirus, but the advancing zamIt will continue as planned at moments.”
Şugayev: Turkey, S-400 air defense system can participate in the production process
Russia's Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service (FSVTS) President Dmitriy Şugayev in an interview with the Russian press in March 2020, the foreseeable future to Turkey an additional S-400 air defense system, he said he hoped to be able to agree on the supply.
President Dmitry Şugayev, "Turkey is an additional shipment of S-400 made the subject is still on the agenda, provided no place to disappear. We are talking about the composition of the system, the dates of delivery and other conditions about the process. The negotiation process continues today and we hope to come to a denominator. ” said.
Dmitriy Şugayev negotiations in the framework of the ongoing process of Turkey's new shipment could take place in a part of the production, he said.
Shugayev in his interview: “Turkey can show a certain participation in the production process. That's how I can say it, I don't reveal any details. I don't want to announce something that hasn't been decided yet. All I can say is that such cooperation would not do any harm to our national security. In this case, we act absolutely consciously in all aspects, all issues have been worked out and that such cooperation should be mutually beneficial and have the same zamWe understand at the moment that it should not conflict with the interests of the country.” made statements. (Source: defenseturk)