Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Turkey Signs Deal To Buy Russian S-400 Missiles

Turkey Signs Deal To Buy Russian S-400 Missiles

The deal has caused concern among Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies as the Russian air defense system is incompatible with the air defenses of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members. "Wait for you? We are taking our security measures and will continue to do so", Erdogan said during a meeting with mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara.

Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russian Federation to buy the S-400 anti-ballistic missile system in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, a media report said on Tuesday.

"They have gone insane because we made a deal for S-400s", Erdoğan said Wednesday in a speech to the ruling AKP mayors in Ankara, as cited by "Hurriyet". What are we supposed to do? "Both Mr. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue", said Erdogan to journalists (via Hurriyet).

"I can merely guarantee that all of the decisions made under this contract strictly agree with our strategic interests", he told the TASS news agency.

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400".

Erdogan's remarks follow a statement from the US State Department on Tuesday which voiced concerns over Ankara's purchase of the Russian missile system.

Turkey faced similar worries during the Iran-Iraq War and the First and Second Gulf Wars due to the ballistic missiles possessed by those countries. Defense observers speculated that Turkey played the China card to put pressure on its allies and get better terms for buying a NATO-compatible SAM system, such as the US-made Patriot PAC-3. Almaz-Antey is also developing a complementary medium-to-long-range system in the S-350E, which will also use the S-400's 9M96E (60 km) and 9M96E2 (120 km) missiles.

It can track and engage up to 300 targets at the same time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).

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