Nov 17, 2019 18:02 UTC
  • Russia: S-400s sold to Turkey to go operational in 2020

A Russian military official says the S-400 missile defense systems sold to Turkey will be operational in spring 2020, adding that the training of Turkish personnel to work with the advanced weapons is almost complete.

Dmitry Shugayev, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, made the announcement during a press conference at Dubai Airshow-2019 on Sunday, the state-run TASS news agency reported.

“By the end of this year, we will complete training of Turkish specialists, and by spring [next year], the system will enter combat duty. We are doing everything with Turkish partners in line with our plan,” he said.

The two countries finalized an agreement on the delivery of the S-400 missile systems in late 2017. So far, Turkey has received two batteries of the advanced Russian-made systems. The deliveries are set to continue through April 2020.

The S-400 entered service with the Russian army in 2007 and is considered Russia’s most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system.

Capable of engaging targets at a distance of 400 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers, the missile system can destroy aircraft as well as cruise and ballistic missiles. It can also be used against land-based targets.