Turkey has agreed to purchase Russia’s most advanced S-400 missile defense system for $2.5 billion. Under the deal Russia would send two S-400 systems to Turkey and help Ankara produce two more batteries domestically.
The deal would be a slap in the face for NATO, because Turkey is a strategic member of the military organization, and forging ties with Russia is the last thing the Americans want to let happen. However, Turkey’s drift towards Russia seems to be a direct result of Erdogan’s growing frustration with the West and in particular with the USA.
Ankara has been upset with Washington for its lack of respect regarding demands on extraditing Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of staging last year coup against the Erdogan regime, with the help of the CIA.
Turkish president Erdogan has also been disappointed with the US support for some Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq, which form a threat to the country’s security. But experts believe that Turkey responded to Washington’s decision in 2015, to withdraw its Patriot surface to air missile system from Turkey’s border with Syria.
The Turkish S-400’s would not be equipped with a friend-or-foe identification system, allowing them to be used against all targets without any restrictions. Designed to detect, track and destroy aircraft, drones or missiles as far as 400 km away. The missile system has only been sold to China and India so far.
Military-Strategypage.com / AA-Magnum-News 2017.