ANKARA, April 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the implementation of the contract for supplies of Russian S-400 missile systems to Turkey is a priority task.
"A priority task in the sphere of military technical cooperation is the implementation of the contract for supplies of S-400 Triumf missile systems to Turkey," he said at a meeting of the top-level Russia-Turkey Cooperation Council.
"We hope that the sectoral intergovernmental commission will look into the prospects for further supplies of Russian-made military hardware to Turkey at its next meeting," he said.
Earlier in the day, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov pledged that Russia would exert every effort for completing the delivery of air defense systems S-400 to Turkey by 2020.
"Turkey did raise this issue. As far as I know, steps will be taken to meet Turkey’s wish," Ushakov said, when asked by journalists if Russia was going to satisfy Turkey’s request for speeding up the delivery of S-400 to be through with them by 2020.
Russia’s S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the latest long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets. The system can hit aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400 kilometers (249 miles) and tactical ballistic targets flying at a speed of 4.8 km/s (3 mi/s) at a distance of up to 60 kilometers (37 miles). Such targets include cruise missiles, tactical and strategic aircraft and ballistic missile warheads.
The system’s radars detect aerial targets at a distance of up to 600 kilometers (373 miles). The system’s 48N6E3 surface-to-air missiles can hit aerodynamic targets at altitudes of 10,000-27,000 meters and ballistic threats at altitudes of 2,000-25,000 meters.