Nov 26 2017

Russian S-400s will be customised for Turkey, defence minister says

Following NATO’s concerns, a software on the Russian S-400 air defence system that Turkey plans to buy will be reprogrammed, Turkish Minister of National Defence, Nurettin Canikli, was quoted by leftist newspaper Cumhuriyet as saying.

The identification friend or foe (IFF) software helps air defence systems to separate friendly or civilian airplanes from enemy flights.

NATO officials have raised concerns that the Russian system cannot be integrated to the rest of the collective air defence that Turkey is a part of.

U.S. military officials have warned that if Turkey proceeds with the purchase of S-400, the data they collect on F-35, the new stealth fighter jet project that Turkey took part in developing, would also be jeopardised.

A US soldier stands guard beside a Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris on June 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT
A US soldier stands guard beside a Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris on June 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced in September that they signed the contract for the Russian S-400 missiles and paid the deposit.

Turkey urgently needs an air defence system, and S-400 fits to these needs, Cumhuriyet cited Turkish defence industry officials as saying. Same sources claimed another optional system also includes transfer of technology, which is on Turkey’s conditions to develop its indigenous air defence system.