President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims that Turkey wants to join Russia in the production of the S-500 Prometey anti-aircraft missile System.
Mr Erdogan’s statement was made in an interview with the 24-TV channel. Turkey is trying to develop a long-range missile defense system to strengthen its defense capabilities.
At the moment, Ankara is looking forward to jointly manufacturing the next generation S-500 Prometey missile defense system with Russia.
“I contacted President Putin with a proposal for the joint S-500 Prometey production,” said President. Erdogan said.
However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not mention the reaction of his Russian counterpart Putin to the idea.
Anadolu quoted Erdogan saying that Russia had given Ankara a loan to buy S-400 missile systems. “In the second and third stages we will conduct the joint production of the S-500 system,” Erdogan said.
President Erdogan’s announcement was surprising, but according to the Turkish media, this possibility is possible because Russia has not only agreed to sell, but also S-400 production technology. for this country.
According to Prof. Mesut Hakki Chashin, Faculty of International Relations at the Air Force Academy and Ozyegin University in Istanbul, needs Turkey in advanced S-400 missile defense systems or more advanced versions.
With these systems, national missile defense networks will be more effective in protecting Turkey, even in cases where the enemy has fifth generation fighters.
The professor said that Moscow and Ankara would probably reach a substantial agreement on the provision of S-400 systems to Turkey, as well as on cooperation to make them in the field. There are only final terms.
As successful acquisition and technology transfer, it will be a new step in the direction of excellent model cooperation between Turkey – a member of NATO and Russia. in the relationship between the two countries.
In response to the information released by Ankara, Putin’s adviser to international military technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, said: “The S-400 agreement has come into force, The deposit has been transferred to Turkey, but nothing can be said about the time frame for the agreement. “