Turkey is testing its the S-400 air defense system obtained from Russia by detecting and tracking US F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, according to media reports circulating online.
Over the past few days, Turkish and Russian pedia outlets have repeatedly speculated that the S-400 system deployed at Murted Air Base on outskirts of Turkish capital of Ankara.
In 2019, Turkey used its Air Force F-16 jets to test the S-400 and the system demonstrated high capabilities. In 2020, as tensions between the US and Turkey, as well as between Turkey and other NATO members were growing, Ankara allegedly used the S-400 to track US warplanes operating in the region.
A 2019 video showing tests of the S-400 system with US-made fighter jets in Turkey:
Earlier, the Turkish leadership declared that the S-400 system that the country has is set to be fully operational in 2020. In June 2020, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Administration also declared that Ankara is considering an option to buy more S-400 systems from Russia.
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