Russia starts delivery of S-400 missile system to Turkey, setting up standoff with US
The first shipment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system has landed in Ankara, in a move that sets up a potential showdown between Turkey and the United States, reports CNN.
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
July 12, 2019-The purchase of the anti-aircraft missiles by Turkey from Russia has caused the United States to reiterate that it may withold providing access to F35 jets. Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States, was told by the U.S. that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system was "incompatable" with NATO systems.
"If Turkey accepts delivery of the S-400, they will not receive the F-35. It's that simple," said acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in June.
A NATO official told CNN on Friday that: "It is up to allies to decide what military equipment they buy. However, we are concerned about the potential consequences of Turkey's decision to acquire the S-400 system." The official added that, "interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to NATO for the conduct of our operations and missions."
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor