Russia: Turkey Seeks To Buy Air Defense System


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NATO member Turkey wants to acquire Russia's new-generation S-400 Triumph (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) air defense missile systems, a senior official at the Russian government arms export agency Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Aksyonov, said April 27.

"Turkey has demonstrated a persistent desire to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia." said Aksyonov, a senior adviser to the general director of Rosboronexport, who headed the agency's delegation to the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) 2009 in Istanbul, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Aksyonov said the possible purchase of the S-400, which was shown at IDEF-2009, was discussed during his talks with Murat Bayar, undersecretary at Turkey's defense procurement agency. Rosoboronexport's press service in Moscow confirmed the talks.

"The interest in the S-400 is not occasional; this system has no analogs in the world," an agency spokesman said.

Developed by Almaz-Antei, the S-400 was first deployed in Russia in 2006. The system reportedly is capable of detecting and engaging targets, including stealth aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles. It is designed to intercept and destroy airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers, twice the range of the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot, and 2½ times that of Russia's S-300PMU-2.

So far, Russia has not exported S-400s, although there were reports in the Russian and foreign media that Moscow had been offering the system to China, the United Arab Emirates and Greece.

Iran has been reportedly showing interest in the S-400.

Russian military experts have described S-400 not just as an air defense system, but as a potential part of a strategic missile defense architecture that also can protect the airspace of neighboring states.

Russia: Turkey Seeks To Buy Air Defense System - Defense News

Any chance India will get them? Or I guess the more appropriate question is, does India need them? I mean we already have a pretty solid Air defense system

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