Turkey to buy S-400, despite NATO opposition

Washington said previously that the purchase of the Russian system would jeopardize Turkey's purchase of F-35 fighter jets

Development of the S-400 system began in the late 1980s, and the system was announced by the Russian Air Force in January 1993.

Turkey will buy S-400 missile systems from Russia despite U.S. opposition.

“We made the S-400 deal with Russia, so it’s out of the question for us to turn back,” President Erdogan said on Saturday.

As a NATO member, Turkey has repeatedly said that it is committed to buying the advanced Russian missile defense system, despite warnings from NATO that the S-400s cannot be integrated into the alliance’s air defense system.

Washington said previously that the purchase of the Russian system would jeopardize Turkey’s purchase of F-35 fighter jets and possibly result in sanctions imposed by the United States.

During the 2009 International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul, interest was expressed by Turkey in buying the system.In late 2017, Turkey and Russia signed an agreement for a guaranteed delivery of 2.5 billion US$ worth of S-400 unit delivery.

The S-400, previously known as the S-300 PMU-3 is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.