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Turkey says delivery complete of second S-400 unit from Russia

S-400 Triumf air defence system transporter erector launcher (Vitaly V. Kuzmin/WikiCommons)
September 16, 2019

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Turkey has announced that it has accepted delivery of all the components of the second battery of the advanced S-400 air-defense system that Ankara has purchased from Moscow.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry posted photographs of the delivery on Twitter on September 15.

Turkey has purchased four S-400 batteries from Russia over the objections of the United States. After Turkey took delivery of the first S-400 unit in July, Washington struck the country from the program of the advanced F-35 fighter jet.

Washington argues that the S-400 could undermine the F-35 and is incompatible with NATO systems.

Russia expects to complete delivery of the S-400s to Turkey by April 2020.