Ukraine delivers S-125 missile system to Turkey

Ukraine has delivered an S-125 Pechora missile system to Turkey, defence news website Defence Turk reported on Wednesday, citing Ukrainian sources.

Vadym Nozdrya, CEO of Ukraine’s state-owned Ukrspetsexport, announced the delivery, Defence Turk said.

The surface-to-air missile system has a range of 40 km, with a maximum altitude of 15 km. S-125 Pechora is a modernized version of the previous iteration, Nozdrya said, manufactured in collaboration with Ukrainian company Aerotechnika.

The S-125 Pechora, dubbed SA-3 Goa under NATO notation, is a mid-range missile based on Soviet technology from the 1960s. The system has a comparable performance with U.S.-manufactured MIM-23B HAWK missile systems that the Turkish Air Force already has in its arsenal.

Turkish media has recently reported on Ukraine’s intention to purchase from the Turkish Armed Forces 48 Bayraktar drones, manufactured by company Baykar Defence, owned by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s in-laws.

Last year, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an agreement to purchase 12 more Bayraktars.

As Ukraine and Turkey look to expand military and technical cooperation, Nozdrya said part of the manufacturing process for the Bayraktar could be moved to Ukraine. Such a move would allow for a 35 percent drop in the cost, he said.