The first phase is the shipping of the two S-4oo missiles from Russia to Turkey. One system will be deployed in Turkey’s east against possible threats from Syria and Iran, and the other in the west against a Greek threat. The new S-400s will be manufactured in Turkey.
FIRST SHIPMENT IN 2018
Turkey put forward a bilateral model due to balance policies in its requirement for a long-range air defense system. The partnership agreement was signed with NATO members France and Italy in order to meet the requirement which costs billions of dollars with domestic manufacture. In the meantime, Turkey came to an agreement with Russia for the direct procurement regarding this urgent necessity. Technology transfer was also considered in the agreement with Russia. As per the two-stage agreement with Russia, Turkey will purchase two S-400 missiles directly, and the other two missile launchers will be manufactured in Turkey with a technology transfer. The first S-400 shipment from Russia is expected in 2018.
S-400 to increase
The signing of the S-400 Triumph sales agreement and its procurement will contribute greatly to Turkey’s defense, Defense Industry Researcher Turan Oğuz said in a statement. Oğuz, stating that Turkey will gain a modern long-range and high altitude defense capability for the first time and in a prominent area, depending on the number of systems to be purchased, added: “Moreover, we will be able to prevent ballistic missiles for the first time. It has been claimed that it is effective against the MRBM (a ballistic missile with a range of between 1,000 and 3,000 km), as written it the manufacturer company’s catalogs, it is considered to be effective against the SRBM (a ballistic missile with a range of about 1,000 kilometers); although this has never been confirmed by test results. However, in the case that the system is not integrated into NATO’s radar network, the addition of this feature could be problematic.Erdoğan says Western agents will be eradicated, slams Western interferenceHere we mention a superiority that is military-based, but has political and diplomatic results. For instance, thanks to an S-400 battery that we would place on our border, we could observe the target country’s aerial activities up to 600 kilometers in depth, could engage, and in other words ‘lock on’ to its air targets up to a minimum 400 kilometers in depth. This would, in the event of any dispute with a neighboring country, create a no-entry zone for them, even rendering their flying objects insecure. Under today’s conditions, the risk of prevention from 400 kilometers would limit surprise air strike alternatives. We will have a psychological and tactical advantage over our opponents.”Field experience to contribute to national systemOğuz pointed out that the S-400 is a system which was chosen for an urgent purchase, as indicated in previous official statements.The national long-range missile and air defense system development project will continue with the technical support of the European anti-air missile manufacturer EUROSAM, Oğuz said. US attempts to blackmailTurkey“Therefore, at least the relevant S-400s will be produced without our contribution, and deployed in Turkey. Then, Russian technicians will provide operational and limited maintenance training for our personnel in charge. Thus, it is more correct to mention operation and limited maintenance capability rather than development and manufacturing. That is to say, Turkey, for the first time, will gain the capability to use a long-range air defense system produced in a country which [Russia] is not a NATO member. Thanks to the field experience we will gain after it is operated, we will be able to provide feedback for our own national systems that we will develop in the future.”Regarding the statements that the S-400 will not be integrated into NATO’s network: “In this case, the system will run standalone. This limits its performance. However, even though S-400 systems do not have this capability, they will be integrated to our national radar network and early warning and command and control system in the long term. Thus, it will be able to operate in a network centric structure which is consolidated to our national missile and air defense systems in days to come,” said Oğuz.Erdoğan: Purchasing S-400 from Russia not 'worrying'Turkey’s urgent needTurkey’s need of a long-range air defense system was first brought forward with the 1991 Gulf War, Defense Policy Researcher Arda Mevlütoğlu said.Mevlütoğlu stated that until then, Turkey’s air defense was essentially shaped with Nike Hercules’ missiles and fighter jets which were purchased by the aid of NATO, against the Soviet’s heavy bombardment airplanes. However, after Scud missiles Iraq had launched at its neighbors, ballistic missiles started posing a more serious threat. Various attempts to meet this need were never concluded, and the Chinese system was selected in 2013 in the bid which was initiated in 2006, Mevlütoğlu noted. The negotiations remained inconclusive, and this project was cancelled in 2015. Therefore, studies were recently once again initiated to develop a national defense system. Regarding this, Mevlütoğlu reminisced that a coordination agreement was recently signed with EUROSAM for the project’s foreign support.Erdoğan: Gulf tour, an important step to establish a climate of securityConsidering the developments in the region, Turkey is in need of an urgent system, and the supply of the S-400s has become a current issue, Mevlütoğlu added. He also said that the S-400 is the most advanced air defense system that Russia now manufactures and has in stock.“Efficient defense requires a national resolution”“Turkey’s current air defense system operates as fully-integrated into NATO’s network. This system includes all types of air defense weapons and radar systems and command and control centers. If the S-400 is not integrated into this network, as it will operate standalone, its efficiency and ranges of target acquisition, identification and interception will be relatively limited. However, that being said, the system can be pretty deterrent. However, we should wait until a national air defense system is developed particularly against cruise and ballistic missiles.” Pentagon dodges SDF ‘rebranding’ question
Erdoğan says Western agents will be eradicated, slams Western interference
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the U.S. and European countries for openly threatening Turkey in light of the recent NATO crisis over signing a deal with Russia to buy the S-400 missile defense system, and also for their stance in the row with Germany over its support for terrorism through agents in Turkey. Addressing Justice and Development (AK) Party congressmen in parliament, Erdoğan lashed out at countries such as the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands for their “incomprehensible” hostility displayed against Turkey in recent days.They’re obsessed with Turkey"Westerners want their agents to roam freely on our territory while they harm our people," Erdoğan told congressmen from his Justice and Development (AK) Party at a meeting in parliament."Those who say it is the judiciary's business turn situations into diplomatic crises when it comes to the terrorists they harbor in their own country when we catch their agents red-handed," said Erdoğan.Erdoğan also touched on the issues of German companies in Turkey, saying, “This cooperation is based on mutual benefit. However, they threaten us by claiming they would pull out of Turkey. There are many companies in the world. Any company can be replaced. “ The Turkish president warned Western countries saying “They should either respect our sovereignty and the partnership that exists on just and equal standing, or face the consequences for disrespecting this principle.” Erdoğan said that the West is “obsessed with Turkey,” and that they used to hide their threats behind carefully picked words, but now they’re doing it blatantly.Media instructs how to harm TurkeyErdoğan slammed steps taken by Germany to bring harm to Turkey by supporting FETÖ and PKK terrorists. The Turkish president criticized a German minister who openly expressed his thoughts to the media about how to bring more harm to Turkey. “They made false promises to terrorists that were not actualized during the Gezi events and also to FETÖ terrorists. Now they’re giving the PKK, the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) and YPG hope, and that, too, will lead nowhere,” said Erdoğan.Mind your threatening tone”Let me ask them one more question. Why are they worried about the extension of the state of emergency in Turkey, while various U.S. states independently declare a state of emergency? We have declared a state of emergency because of a terror threat. Why are you worried? If they think Turkey will be intimated with an embargo, they’re mistaken. We’re not alone. We get support from Europe, Asia, and the whole world,” Erdoğan said.Two wrongs don’t make a rightErdoğan also denounced attacks on synagogues in Turkey, referring to reports that a group threw stones at a synagogue in Istanbul last week. "It does not make sense to attack synagogues here because something has happened at al-Aqsa mosque. This does not suit our religion and it is not allowed," he said.Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s stance that the ideal solution is a two-state solution within the 1967 borders with Eastern Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state. The Turkish president also said it’s not acceptable to treat Muslims as terrorists, just as it is unacceptable for Turkey to treat worshippers going to the country’s synagogues as such.S-400 agreement has been signedErdoğan reserved Turkey’s right to pursue the most ideal measures that concern the country’s security through all means possible, noting that “Turkey has for years informed the EU of its desire to look for a defense system, and this is the result that the search has yielded,” said Erdoğan. President Erdoğan said that the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia would not cause any tension. "Greece who is also a NATO country has been using the S-300 for years. Why did not they speak up then? Why do they worry about it when Turkey is concerned?"He said: "We have taken the necessary steps with the Russian Federation on this issue, the signatures have been put on paper and hopefully we will see S-400s in our country. We will also manage the process with joint production [of S-400s]."Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin said late June that Moscow and Ankara had agreed on the delivery of the S-400 mobile systems but that the Kremlin had not approved a loan for the deal.The S-400 system was introduced in 2007 and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying ground and air targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.It can track and engage up to 300 targets simultaneously and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).2019, the breaking pointSpeaking on the subject of Turkish elections in 2019, Erdoğan noted that it will be a breaking point because the Justice and Development (AK) Party’s success in the ballot box constitutes a success for Turkey.The Turkish president also mentioned winning the referendum was easy compared to the AK Party’s greater target, set for 2019.He noted that with this target obtaining more than 50 percent was necessary and that when this was actualized their ability to serve the country would increase by a larger percentage.Visit al-Aqsa MosqueErdoğan said that his Gulf tour was an opportunity to discuss several regional matters during meetings held with these countries’ leaders, where sincere discourse took place in a bid to find a solution to sticking points. Erdoğan reiterated his hope that a solution to the Qatar crisis would soon be found, adding that Turkey would intensify its efforts to ensure stability in the region. The Turkish president also stressed that al-Aqsa mosque is the third holiest site for Muslims after the Masjid al-Haram and al-Masjid al-Nabawi. Erdoğan recalled that everyone’s rights of worship in Jerusalem was respected when the holy city was under four centuries of Ottoman rule, noting that the coup targeting the invading Britons in Kut al-Amara is still fresh in people’s memories.Solid fraternal foundation The Turkish president said that the time has come to “leave behind the lie propagated in the past among generations of Turks through history books claiming that ‘Arabs stabbed Turkey in the back.’ “He noted “As Muslims, protection of the Muslim holy site is not a just a matter about whether it is possible to do more to protect, but a matter of faith.”Those who cannot visit must help"Those who are able to should visit al-Aqsa Mosque. Those who cannot visit al-Aqsa should send aid to our brothers there," urged Erdoğan.Erdoğan called on all Muslims to protect al-Aqsa, which in turn will make it difficult for Israel to carry on with its plans."The reason Israeli soldiers carelessly pollute the grounds of the Noble Sanctuary with their combat boots by using simple issues as a pretext and then easily spill blood there is that we have not done enough to stake our claim over Jerusalem," Erdoğan said. A Qatari artist and calligrapher, known on social media with her alias “Ghada”, has shared a graphic design welcoming Erdoğan’s visit to Qatar with the Arabic word “al-Zaeem”, meaning leader, decorated with the Turkish star and crescent, which was shared widely by Qataris to express their support for the friendship that exists between their country and Turkey.Germany 'turning blind eye' to Turkey's concernsErdoğan urges Muslims worldwide to protect Al-AqsaErdoğan: Gulf tour, an important step to establish a climate of securityPentagon dodges SDF ‘rebranding’ questionErdoğan: Purchasing S-400 from Russia not 'worrying'
Erdoğan: Purchasing S-400 from Russia not 'worrying'
The purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia is not "worrying", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday."Why would it be worrying? Every country needs to take certain measures for its own security," Erdogan told reporters at Ankara Esenboga airport.Erdogan's remarks came a day after Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, labeled media reports about Turkey purchasing the S-400 system from Russia as "incorrect", saying: "That would be a concern, were they to do that, but they have not done that."Erdogan said it was "important" for Turkey to choose an entity with which it could be in co-production.He added that negotiations on the missile system had been "largely" completed.Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin said late June that Moscow and Ankara had agreed on the delivery of S-400 mobile systems but that the Kremlin had not approved a loan for the deal.The S-400 system was introduced in 2007 and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying ground and air targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.It can track and engage up to 300 targets simultaneously and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).