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.
27 Ağustos 2019 tarihinde başlayan S-400 Uzun Menzilli Bölge Hava ve Füze Savunma Sisteminin ikinci batarya malzemelerinin Mürted Hava Meydanı/Ankara’ya intikali bugün tamamlandı.https://t.co/IVallLRku7#MSB #TSK pic.twitter.com/3ei6VZh3KQ
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) September 15, 2019
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.