Aug 01 2019

Turkish man proudly tours northwestern province with home-made S-400

A Turkish man in the northwestern province of Bursa built a mock-up of a Russian S-400 missile systems and has begun touring the city to proudly display his creation, the pro-government newspaper Sabah reported.

Ahmet Çakın, an ironsmith, told Sabah that he had built his own S-400 to mark the third anniversary of a coup attempt on July 15.

“I am a person who is lovesick for this country. I toured with this vehicle for a long time on the streets of Bursa on July 15. Those who see it like it a lot. They stop me and take photographs,” he said.

The Turkish government did not renege on its plans to acquire Russian systems despite the objections of its NATO allies, who are concerned that the S-400s systems could access sensitive information on U.S.-built new generation F-35 stealth fighter jets.

The delivery of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems started three days before the third anniversary of 2016 failed coup attempt, during which Turkish F-16 pilots bombed the parliament and presidential palace in Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s flight to Istanbul was nearly shot down after he evaded capture at a villa in the coastal town of Marmaris. 

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