Russia, Turkey discussing joint S-400 missile system production

Moscow and Turkey are holding talks about the joint manufacturing some components of Russia's S-400 missile defence system in Turkey, Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russia's Rostec state conglomerate, said on Monday.

"Moscow and Ankara are holding consultations in the area of the licensed production of the S-400 air defence system component parts," state-run Anadolu News Agency quoted Chemezov as saying.

The first shipment of the S-400 Russian missile defence system arrived in Turkey on July 12, prompting Washington to eject Turkey from its F-35 stealth fighter programme. U.S. Officials maintain that the S-400 poses a threat to U.S. military systems, particularly the F-35 stealth fighter jet, and have repeatedly warned of sanctions if Turkey installs the Russian system. 

A total of 14 shipments of related equipment have landed in Turkey thus far. 

Chemezov told Anadolu that Turkey takes interest in the latest Russian combat modules, air defence systems of various ranges and anti-tank systems and the two countries are holding talks about possible Russian assistance to Turkey in creating a national long-range air defence system.

"We have a number of joint projects for the development of advanced aircraft and helicopter systems, components for armoured vehicles, after-sales service of the supplied weapons," Chemezov said.

Chemezov also praised Turkey as a key partner to Russia and Rostec.