On July 12, Russia strated eliveries of hardware of the S-400 missile system to Turkey. According to reports, shipments are being delivered through the Murted Akinci Airbase in Ankara. The worth of the Rusisa-Turkey S-400 deal is $2.5bn. Turkey has already sent members of its armed forces to Russia for training.
Satellite images confirm that Russia has delivered at least 2 S-400 launchers and several auxiliary vehicles:
The delivery of S-400 parts to Turkey is a major blow to the US’ efforts to break the deal by pressuring Turkey through sanction threats. The most important point is that Washington could stop delivery of F-35 stealth jets to Turkey. Ankara is heavily invested in the F-35 project. Its companies produce over 900 parts of the jet. It was expected that Ankara will buy up to 100 F-35 jets. However, the delivery of the first batch has been frozen.
The Russian Defense Ministry released two videos providing a look at he delivery process:
S-400 Triumf infographics:
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