MOSCOW: Russia has supplied more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey as per a delivery and acceptance act signed by Turkey and Russia in December, Russian news agency Tass reported on Monday.
Turkey made a deal with Russia for the supply of S-400 missile defence systems back in 2017, and started to accept delivery of components for the system in July 2019.
The purchase and delivery led to a crisis with the United States and NATO, as the United States maintains the Russian-made weapons system is incompatible with the F-35 stealth fighter Turkey was involved in the manufacture of and poses a security risk to NATO defences.
Turkey was removed from the F-35 program, and U.S. lawmakers have been pushing for sanctions against Turkey over the country’s increased cooperation with Russia.
The Turkish government maintains that the S-400s are necessary to ensure national security.
Russia has also delivered auxiliary equipment, spare parts and tools, Tass quoted the unnamed source as saying, but the contract with Turkey did not include at all any “technology transfer, even partial.”
Turkish Defence Industry Director İsmail Demir in December told reporters that Turkey would naturally use the experience obtained through the S-400 systems when developing its own system later, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said in June that Moscow’s S-400 deal with Ankara envisaged a partial handover of technologies.
Turkish Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar last week said training and installation of the S-400s continued, and the system would reach full operational stage in April or May this year.