Turkey starts testing S-400 missile system in Ankara - Milliyet
Turkey has started testing the first S-400 missile defence system it purchased from Russia, Milliyet newspaper reported on Monday.
The Turkish military is testing the radar connection between its aircraft and the S-400 surface-to-air missile system in trials in Ankara, Milliyet said. The tests started after the Ankara Governor’s Office announced that F-16 fighter jets would make flights over Turkey’s capital in the next few days.
The testing, which is designed to ensure that the S-400s can identify Turkish jets, is being carried out from the former Akıncı Airbase, renamed the Mürted (Apostate) Airbase after it was used in a failed military coup in 2016, Milliyet said, citing officials in Turkey’s defence procurement agency. The system will be fully operational in April 2020. Delivery of a second S-400 system is expected to start at the end of next year, the government has said.
Turkey’s decision to acquire S-400s has soured relations with its NATO allies. The United States halted delivery of 100 F-35 stealth fighter jets and suspended Turkey’s participation in the programme to build them after it started receiving the S-400 batteries in July. Ankara also faces possible U.S. economic sanctions in response to the decision.
F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft belonging to the Turkish air forces are flying over Turkey's capital Ankara in order to test Russian S-400 air and missile defense systems which were delivered between July and September. pic.twitter.com/27wb5R0ajS— ANews (@anewscomtr) November 25, 2019