Russian anti-aircraft dome over Turkey: why is it a real breakthrough

One after the other, the Russian airborne military transport aircraft delivering components of the Triumph S-400 air defense system it purchased to Turkey seem to have put an end to the long-running dispute between Ankara and Washington over the acquisition by the Turkish side of Russian weapons systems. However, this seems only at first glance. This is not the end of the story, but the beginning of a new chapter. Rather, even a few chapters. The United States is by no means going to dismiss its recent allies of their “disobedience” and “self-will”. Turkey, for sure, will have to seriously review its own foreign policies. And our country opens with this delivery a new page in its victorious expansion in the arms market. Let’s try to find out more specifically why this arms deal is so important - both for Russia and for Turkey.

Hard choice

As a matter of fact, sending Triumphs to Turkey was not the first international deal of this kind for our country. Prior to that, they were already sold to China. However, this could not be considered something out of the ordinary: the Celestial Empire is not a member of NATO, the United States is not listed among allies in any case, and the Americans introduced against it for this purchase in accordance with the CAATSA Act of 2017 sanctions to Beijing - what a dragon shot. The Chinese, themselves, have recently announced that they intend to impose sanctions against arms manufacturers from the United States - for ever-increasing military supplies to Taiwan. With Turkey, the matter is completely different. To this day, it has not only been one of the exemplary members of the North Atlantic Alliance, but was, one might say, its plenipotentiary in its region, the link between NATO for Europe and Asia. And suddenly - such a sharp "turn"! But the fact of the matter is that all of a sudden ...

The story of Ankara’s attempt to reliably “close” its sky from possible attacks does not last for several years, but for decades. What in this "saga" just was not! First of all, Turkey’s long and humiliating attempts to beg its own allies then seemed to them the most reliable Patriot air defense systems. These systems, at best, were located on the territory of the country on a temporary basis (in 1990, 2000 and 2012), and then exported back home “as unnecessary”. Moreover, whether there were real reasons for protecting the Turkish borders, they didn’t decide at all in Ankara, but in Washington and NATO headquarters ... There were attempts to acquire Chinese air defense systems - HQ-9 systems, which are more or less successful analogs of the Russian S-300 air defense systems . However, allies in the Alliance menacingly said: “No!”, And in this case, the Turks obeyed. There is even an agreement signed by them with the arms concern Eurosam, according to which Turkey should receive its own air defense complex, developed jointly with the Europeans on the basis of SAMP / T air defense systems. However - the street is going, someday it will be ...

An-124 and S-400 air defense system elements at the Turkish air base “Akıncı”

Ankara’s patience finally burst and there, finally, they came to an unshakable decision - the Russian Triumphs will defend the Turkish sky. At the same time, the United States would have been glad to make the Turks happy with its Patriot, but it wasn’t there. There is reason to believe that the prudent Recep Erdogan, who intends first of all to "close" the sky of his own capital from possible attacks, categorically does not want to rely on American air defense systems in this matter, rightly fearing that they might "fail" in the most inappropriate moment. Or rather, it’s suitable, but for Washington, for which this unpredictable leader has long been standing with a bone in his throat. In 2016, an air attack on his own presidential palace was more than enough for such suspicions. It is very significant that the head of state from a certain moment counts the Americans not among military allies, but among the most likely opponents in an armed conflict. He categorically no longer trusts the United States, unlike Russia - despite all the difficulties in relations between our countries.

Why is this a real breakthrough

However, according to informed analysts, the point here is not only in trust in Washington, completely lost by Ankara. The accomplished, despite everything, truly titanic confrontation of the United States, the deal clearly indicates that their geopolitical influence in the Middle East today is much less than what Russia has. There is no need to talk about the “collective West” either - in Germany itself they are already rushing to say that Turkey is completely consciously passing the “point of no return”, after which, in fact, it will leave the ranks of the countries that are among them. She makes a choice in favor of Russia, clearly realizing the whole complex of consequences, including potentially negative ones. And yet he does! By the way, the Americans can say a big “thank you” for just such a development of the situation to their own allies, who have recently started to think about Israel. By posting a spectacular photo on Twitter against the backdrop of the F-35, with the caption “Our fighters can reach anywhere in the Middle East!”, The prime minister (and the head of the defense department, part-time) Benjamin Netanyahu, of course, first of all wanted to “convey hi to Tehran and Damascus. However, in Ankara, it seems, they also heard ...

Elements of S-400 air defense systems at the Turkish air base “Akıncı”

Against the background of such statements, in those days when the US carrier armada was pulled back to the Persian Gulf, the issue of security, and, above all, the protection of their own airspace, is extremely acute for all states of the Middle East. And this is where truly unlimited possibilities open up for Russia! No wonder Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian State Duma’s committee on international affairs, commenting on the start of deliveries of S-400 systems to Turkey, stated bluntly that this was “only the first swallow”. The volume of defense cooperation between our country and the states of the Middle East region, according to the parliamentarian, is already "very large" and will continue to "increase in every way". If you believe Mr. Slutsky, we are talking about the sale to interested countries (which are more than enough today) not only of the "Triumphs", but also of "more modern weapons." But this is already very interesting! Indeed, what could be discussed in this case? After all, the latest S-500 air defense systems, according to the statement of the head of the Rostec Corporation Sergey Chemezov, will not be sold literally “for any money” in the foreseeable future? So what then?

The most possible answer has already been calculated even in the West. So, the German magazine Stern is sounding the alarm:

Russians are about to turn the entire invisible aircraft market!

In view of the fact, there is, of course, the fifth-generation Russian fighter Su-57, which causes quite understandable concern in NATO countries. Still, all hopes that this combat vehicle will never be adopted by the Russian Air Force, or, in the best case, will appear there in single copies, went to ashes after it was announced: no later than 2028 on combat duty three squadrons of the latest “dry” will immediately enter! Journalists sarcastically predict that the Franco-German project of the European stealth fighter at this point will reach the maximum stage of creating a demonstration model and draw the logical conclusion that, “in which case”, there will be absolutely nothing to oppose the European countries of NATO with Russians in the air. No less unpleasant for the West, in their opinion, the result of the successful development of the Su-57 is that this fighter will definitely surpass its competitors not only in combat qualities, but also in price. Based on the figures voiced in the Russian press, the Germans today claim that "with an estimated cost of 31 million euros per aircraft," these machines will inevitably "become a super-profitable product on the world arms market." By the way, Turkey is already in full swing thinking about their acquisition - and it’s not alone ...

After publications poured in the world media one after another, counting arriving at the Ruslana Turkish military bases with the Triumphs on board, they said in Washington that they were “completely up to date with the supplies.” And they are already preparing an answer - as it became known, the US Department of State and the Pentagon have developed as many as three options for new anti-Turkish sanctions, and so far the White House is choosing which one to apply. As they decide, they will immediately announce it ... Anyway, the actions of the United States in this case fully fit into the well-known proverb about waving fists after a fight. Everyone in the world understands that the United States lost this battle to Russia. Here is another extremely important and very positive result of the “Turkish breakthrough” of our Triumphs.
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  1. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 15 July 2019 08: 44
    It remains to wait for the end of deliveries and then wait for the knife in the back recourse
    1. Digital error Offline Digital error
      Digital error (Eugene) 15 July 2019 11: 29

      Quote: Oleg RB
      continue to wait

      tomatoes do not get off.
  2. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 July 2019 09: 34
    Another great breakthrough.

    The Syrian breakthrough (S-300) did not stop to bomb Syria, but to shoot down our planes.
    The previous Turkish breakthrough did not stop Erdogan from trading with terrorists and invading Syria himself.
    NATO has received samples of new weapons (which they are always happy about).
    From all sides pluses.
    1. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
      Syoma_67 (Semyon) 17 July 2019 22: 23
      This is such a multi-path - you need to think! :)
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 July 2019 10: 22
    Everyone is talking and writing about the breakthrough, but I searched the Internet - and what good is it for us besides $? What guarantees that Turkey will not betray and transfer technologies to the USA and Israel? So I did not find an expert knowledgeable who would reassure me. The fact that the Turks want to break with the USA is the Wishlist of our government!
    1. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
      Oleg RB (Oleg) 15 July 2019 10: 57
      Hurray, patriots usually write on this, that weapons delivered abroad are fig, with reduced capabilities laughing
      1. Digital error Offline Digital error
        Digital error (Eugene) 15 July 2019 11: 34
        Quote: Oleg RB
        with reduced capabilities

        Yes, the main danger here is not the details, but direction scientific and technical thought.
        I recalled one bike from the history of physics:

        The American inventor Edison once complained to Einstein that he could not find an assistant for himself. Einstein asked how he determines their suitability. In response, Edison showed him several question sheets. Einstein began to read them:
        "How many miles from New York to Chicago?"
        “We need to look into the railway directory,” Einstein answered.
        Then he read the following question:
        "What is stainless steel made of?"
        - This can be found in the reference book on metal science.
        Quickly looking at the remaining questions, Einstein put down the sheets and said:
        - Without waiting for a refusal, I withdraw my candidacy myself.
        1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
          meandr51 (Andrei) 16 July 2019 13: 31
          Einstein exposed himself. He really did not fit Edison. He is a wildly promoted plagiarist and con man.
    2. Digital error Offline Digital error
      Digital error (Eugene) 15 July 2019 11: 30
      Quote: steel maker
      this is Wishlist of our government!

      implemented primarily in relation to their own population.
    3. maratkoRuEkb Offline maratkoRuEkb
      maratkoRuEkb (Marat) 15 July 2019 14: 48
      Well, one of the benefits is clearly visible: we quarreled Turkey with the United States and NATO. It’s beneficial for us ... to drive a wedge between the NATO allies so that they cannot act as a united front against us. In addition, everyone sees how the United States behaves ... sanctions for the desire to have high-quality air defense. Another plus is that our complexes are delivered, not Patriots. This means that our factories are provided with work, salaries are paid to our workers, taxes are paid to our budget, and the American plant, workers, budget does not receive this profit.
      1. Digital error Offline Digital error
        Digital error (Eugene) 16 July 2019 18: 45

        Quote: maratkoRuEkb
        this profit does not get the American factory, worker, budget

        All this is true, but the following question is of interest: what% of the sale of one complex does the American and Russian workers receive? Factory (ultimate beneficiary)? Budget? Something tells me that our capitalist is much more greedy for the bourgeois, because he is young and therefore wild.
      2. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
        Syoma_67 (Semyon) 17 July 2019 22: 36
        Now Turkey will definitely not be afraid of the Su-57. And about -

        we quarreled Turkey with the USA and NATO

        there are big doubts. Think for yourself what reason Turkey has to quarrel with its Western partners and, believe me, they will find a common language with them in the near future. And now they have Russian developments, and this is very useful for them.
    4. Digital error Offline Digital error
      Digital error (Eugene) 16 July 2019 18: 53
      Quote: steel maker
      Everyone talks and writes about the breakthrough, but I searched the Internet - and what good is it for us

      And you talked about this at V.V.P. ask - he also promised a breakthrough under "his" elections.
      And yet he fulfilled - broke through the increase in the age of retirement pockets of pensioners and consumers of goods by raising VAT.
      You and I don’t understand something from ignorance, but this does not mean that there is no benefit wink
  4. Wahler Offline Wahler
    Wahler (SetUp) 15 July 2019 12: 10
    It’s too early to draw conclusions. At least three years, and preferably five. Although katavasiya - I give you tomatoes - you, of course, do not count me S-400. But this is a policy with a horizon that is not visible to us, and probably rightly - it’s simply not proper for the whole nation to look at keyholes. While at V.V.P. one mistake is the reform of pensions (although it all seems to have happened a long time ago), we grabbed the handrails of the outgoing car. Naturally, life expectancy, especially men, is sad. To retirement as to a cemetery. But in China, even this is not. If you argue for a long time, there is only one conclusion: we must build communism)))
    1. Atilla Offline Atilla
      Atilla 16 July 2019 13: 35
      I liked it - although

      GDP has one mistake - pension reform.

      You are mistaken, dear, these errors are already breeding and have bred so much that the rating of his beloved party falls, if you can call this office a party too.
      1. Digital error Offline Digital error
        Digital error (Eugene) 16 July 2019 18: 47

        Quote: Atilla
        his favorite party's rating drops

        To his aesthetic displeasure - no more.
        In practice, they have already repainted themselves as "self-nominated candidates" in the hope of politically illiterate citizens.
    2. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
      Syoma_67 (Semyon) 17 July 2019 22: 42
      While at V.V.P. one mistake

      - Here amused, and 4 hectares of land given to the Chinese? And yet - name how many allies Russia has today - there are only enemies all around!
  5. master3 Offline master3
    master3 (Vitali) 15 July 2019 16: 48

    This is a real breakthrough

    Indeed, what is the breakthrough - incomprehensible? And the most incomprehensible - is it good or bad? I think this is good for Turkey and NATO military experts, that is, there will be something to work on. But for Russia, in addition to a short PR, nothing good.
    1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
      meandr51 (Andrei) 16 July 2019 13: 34
      Turkey is just gradually leaving NATO. This is the breakthrough. Against this background, one shot down plane and military "Secrets of the Open" are a trifle. And military people are often killed (including with friendly fire), this is their profession, but for some reason only pilots are spared.
      1. master3 Offline master3
        master3 (Vitali) 22 July 2019 16: 43

        Turkey just gradually leaves NATO.

        Who told you that? Erdogan? I bet on anything that this will not happen, at least - voluntarily, in the near foreseeable future. Erdogan is far from trying to maneuver between Russia and the West, like Lukashenko, who is not bad at it.
        1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
          meandr51 (Andrei) 15 August 2019 15: 10
          We just have different opinions on this. Who told you something?
  6. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 15 July 2019 18: 57
    I hope, according to the good old tradition, sold on credit, interest-free, irrevocable?
  7. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
    Syoma_67 (Semyon) 17 July 2019 22: 22
    This is a real breakthrough.

    Question - where? Toward the United States and the NATO countries of which it is a member, this weapon will certainly not be directed. As if this delivery was not an unpleasant surprise for Russia.
    And the expression is

    Makes a choice in favor of Russia.

    - causes only laughter. Now

    fifth-generation fighter Su-57, causing quite understandable concern in NATO countries

    Turkey will not cause concern, and the exercises of the NATO countries will be more effective, now they have something to train on.