MOSCOW, August 27. /TASS/. A Russian aircraft carrying parts of the second S-400 battalion has landed at the Murted Air Base near Ankara, the NTV news channel reported on Tuesday.
This marks the beginning of the second phase of the S-400 delivery.
News about Russian-Turkish talks on the delivery of the S-400 missile systems first came in November 2016. In September 2017, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara had signed a contract with Moscow on purchasing the S-400 systems and made an advance payment. Russia’s Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov said in December 2017 that the deal was worth $2.5 bln.
The first stage of the delivery process took place on July 12-25.
The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ones, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 system can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 35 km.