Turkey Might Procure S-400 Sooner Than Planned

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On August 21, Russia’s Interfax newswire reported that Turkey will receive the S-400 Triumf air defense system from Russia in 2019 instead of 2020, as initially announced last year. Turkey will be the only NATO state to acquire the system. The deal was first announced in September 2017, and the U.S. stated in June that it would sanction Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) should it go forward with the deal. The S-400 has a range of 250 to 400 km, and reportedly up to 60 km for anti-ballistic missile (ABM) operations. It cannot network or interoperate with NATO systems.

10/25/2018 Update: Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced that Turkey will begin deployment of its S-400 air defense systems in October 2019.

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Missile Defense Project, "Turkey Might Procure S-400 Sooner Than Planned," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 22, 2018, last modified October 25, 2018, https://missilethreat.csis.org/turkey-will-procure-s-400-sooner-than-planned/.