Erdoğan: S-400 is a "Done Deal", Will Produce S-500 with Russians
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Erdoğan: S-400 is a "Done Deal", Will Produce S-500 with Russians

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Erdoğan: S-400 is a "Done Deal", Will Produce S-500 with Russians

Image Attribute: S-400 seen in Crimea, Russia.
Source: Alexey Malgavko/Sputnik

On May 18, 2919, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed that the purchase of the S-400 Triumf systems is a "done deal." And, he also stated that Turkey will produce S-500 Prometey anti-aircraft missile systems in cooperation with Russia.

According to Turkish newspaper Haberturk, Erdoğan reported that Turkey had sent 100 engineers to Russia to help make the weapons. The popularity of the S-400s, which was inducted by the Russians in 2007 increased significantly after its deployment to Syria in 2015. 

The American officials have called Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 "deeply problematic," saying it would risk Ankara’s partnership in the joint strike fighter F-35 program because it would compromise the jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. Turkey responded it was the U.S. refusal to sell it Patriots that led it to seek other sellers, adding that Russia offered a better deal, including technology transfers.

He noted that Turkey intends to receive the US’ F-35 5th-generation fighter aircraft. "They (the U.S.) are passing the ball around in the midfield now, showing some reluctance. But sooner or later, we will receive the F-35s. (The U.S.) not delivering them is not an option," Erdoğan said. 

In early May, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov stated that Russia values the development of the technological partnership with Turkey in air defense. "We will welcome the Turkish side’s wish to become a partner in the S-500 project," he noted.

The Timeline

During the 2009 International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF 2009) in Istanbul, Turkey expressed an interest in acquiring the S-400 air defense system. 

In late 2017, both the countries signed an agreement worth of US$ 2.5 billion for delivery of the S-400 air defense system units.

In early March 2019, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the process of deploying Russian advanced S-400 air defense missile systems in Turkey would begin in October and the Turkish Air Force was studying the areas - "where it would be better to deploy them."

October 2019 - Expected delivery of first S-400 system to Turkey.

Parallel Development

On May 15, 2019, the Iraqi government made a decision to purchase the S-400 missile systems from Russia. Iraqi Ambassador to Moscow Haidar Mansour Hadi confirmed it at a press conference following the eighth meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation held in Baghdad on April 23-25, 2019.

On May 12, 2019, as per the local media reports, U.S has offered Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missile defense systems to India in as an alternative to Russian S-400s. The delivery of S-400 to India will commence once the payment mechanism is sorted. As of now, there are apprehensions about the payment mechanism for the deal in the wake of the US sanctions against Russia. 

Last year in July 2018, Sameer Mallya of GRID91 reported on Qatar's on-going discussion with Russia with respect to the purchase of S-400s. Later in March 2019, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani confirmed that the country is still evaluating the system with Russians — reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia.

About S-400 Triumf

It is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia's Almaz-Antey Corp. as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. The S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (400 km/248.5 mi), the long-range 48N6 (250 km 155 mi), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km/74.5 mi) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km/26 mi). 

About S-500 Prometey

It is a Russian surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system intended to replace the A-135 missile system currently in use, and supplement the S-400 Triumf. The S-500 is under development by the Almaz-Antey Corp., initially planned to be in production in 2014 it is currently targeting 2020 for deployment. With its flight characteristics and trajectory parameters, it is claimed to be very much similar to America's THAAD system.