Ukraine appears to be delivering S-125M1 “Neva-M1” air defense systems to Turkey.
These are reportedly to then be subsequently delivered to the Government of National Accord in Libya.
The Ukrainian State Company Ukrspetsexport in December 2019 exported to the Turkish company K.B.A.T. Ithalat Ihracat Mumessillik Ve Danismanlik Ticaret Ltd. the first batch of military goods under a contract for the supply of two S-125M1 Neva-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems totaling $30 million.
The contract included:
- UNV antenna post from the S-125M1 Neva-M1 (SA-3) anti-aircraft missile systems – 1 pc.
- Training anti-aircraft guided missiles 5V27D UD – 2 pcs. (Training-active anti-aircraft guided missiles of the S-125M1 Pechora-M1 combat air defense system. The peculiarity of the 5V27D UD air defense system is that the charges of the warhead of the rocket are replaced by mass-size models, and the powder fuel of the launch and propulsion engines is replaced by inert substances. It fully reproduces the mass-dimensional, functional capabilities of the basic missile. It is intended for training the military personnel of the anti-aircraft missile battalion in order to obtain practical skills in combat work of operators and launch calculation in the simulation mode ka and the charging / discharging missiles).
- UNK-M1 control cabin for the anti-aircraft missile systems S-125M1 Neva-M1 (SA-3) – 1 pc. (Performs the functions of the command post of the anti-aircraft missile battalion, deploying combat crew and deploying equipment for synchronization, indication systems, controlling the position of antennas, head amplifiers of the target receiving system, automated launching device, simulation equipment and launch control systems), including:
- A set of control and signaling cables KU-N, according to sheet No. A25-10846 (5 items), – 1 pc. (specially designed for connecting the components of the S-125M1 Pechora-M1 (SA-3) air defense system for transmitting control signals and commands;
- A set of power and communication cables KC-H, according to sheet No. A25-10847 (9 items), – 1 pc. (specially designed for connecting the components of the S-125M1 Pechora-M1 (SA-3) air defense system and providing power from a power plant or industrial network);
- – A set of spare parts, according to sheet No. A25-10842 (1778 items), – 1 pc. (a set of specially designed components (components), electro-radio-measuring instruments, electrical machines, transformers, accessories and materials necessary for maintenance and repair of the S-125M1 Pechora-M1 (SA-3) air defense system under operating conditions).
The shipment was made by air, from Kiev and Lviv.
Recently, there appeared to be reports that there was a disruption of the contract, but they appear to be false.
Namely the reports stated the following:
“On December 27, 2019, with the direct participation of the previous general director of Ukroboronprom Group of Companies Pavel Bukin, a $30 million contract was signed with the Turkish state-owned company SSTEK Savunma Sanayi Teknolojileri A.S for the supply of two S-125 anti-aircraft missile systems. At the same time, the Turks wanted to purchase complexes modernized by the private company Aerotechnika-ML.
But already in January, after changes in Ukrainian leadership, the Turkish side was informed that it was necessary to re-sign the contract, since Ukrooboronprom wanted to change the supplier. Imagine the surprise of Turkish officials when, at the end of February 2020 from the Ukrainian side, it was proposed to supply complexes from another company – Techimpex. And, in addition, it was proposed to sign a contract through an intermediary firm of a certain Tofig Nagiyev (a citizen of Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation).”
Techimpex does not have its own production and is a company that buys weapons throughout the CIS and resells according to various “gray” schemes. Soviet-made complexes were bought in Moldova in 2016 at a price of $200,000 apiece as non-working.
The second fact: in 2016, the SBU issued a decree banning the entry of Ukrainian citizen of the Russian Federation Tofig Khabibbovich Nagiyev for a period of 3 years.
As a result, the Turkish side refused to sign the agreement.
However, it appears that the Turkish has accepted the change, if true.
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