“The supply of the primary cargo of components of the S-400 long-range regional air missile protection system started as of July 12, to Murted airbase in Ankara,” the ministry mentioned in a press release Friday.
Russia’s Federal Service for Navy-Technical Cooperation confirmed that it had began delivering the methods to Turkey and that the shipments would proceed as per an agreed schedule.
Turkish broadcasters confirmed footage of a Russian Air Power AN-124 cargo aircraft on the Murted airbase. In response to Turkey’s Protection Business Directorate, the supply of components belonging to the system will proceed within the coming days.
“As soon as the system is totally prepared, it should start for use in a manner decided by the related authorities,” it mentioned.
The event is about to escalate tensions with the US which has warned of sanctions over the deal.
Washington says the S-400s might compromise its Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, an plane Turkey helps to construct and planning to purchase.
The US has threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35 program beneath sanctions. Washington has already halted coaching of Turkish pilots in the US on the plane.
Turkey has repeatedly rebuffed calls from the US to scrap the deal, saying it’s free to decide on the nations it buys weapons from.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mentioned Turkey will search compensation whether it is omitted from the F-35 program. He has mentioned excluding Turkey from the F-35 program can be “theft” since Ankara has already invested cash in it.
Moscow and Ankara finalized the settlement on the supply of the S-400 in December 2017 at the same time as US officers warned that the transfer would injury Turkey’s capability to work with NATO.
Equally, Washington has been making an attempt to dissuade India from buying S-400s. New Delhi reached a deal to purchase the missile methods from Moscow in October.
Indian officers at the moment are in search of a waiver from the US that may enable the nation to purchase the weapons with out the danger of violating American sanctions on Moscow.
The medium-range and long-range S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system was developed as an upgraded model of the S-300.
The all-weather weapon can shoot down plane at a distance of as much as 250 km and intercept ballistic missiles as much as 60 km away.