Turkish media: Buying S-400 could be Ankara’s biggest setback

Turkey’s purchase of Russian Triumph S-400 air defense systems will cost Ankara much more than the $ 2,5 billion indicated in the contract. This is reported by Turkish news Ahval's website, linked to Fethullah Gulen, a “voluntary exile” in the US, criticizing Turkish authorities.

S-400s were delivered to Turkey in the summer of 2019, and missiles arrived in autumn, for which, most likely, they had to pay separately. After the completion of the tests, the S-400s were left in Turkey, where there is already staff from the Turkish military who completed training in Russia to work on these air defense systems. However, the information about the delay with the S-400 being on combat duty may indicate that these air defense systems will simply stand and rot, and taxpayer money will be thrown into the wind.

Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 from Russia could be the worst weapon procurement failure in the country's history. The thing is that the S-400 can not be integrated into existing systems in Turkey, so their functionality will be close to zero.

The Turkish government decided to buy the S-400 only from political considerations. At the same time, some experts believe that the commissioning of the S-400 is also postponed due to economic problems that Turkey has faced recently.

If Turkey does not have American F-35 fighters, then this will result in unacceptable risks to the country's security. For example, Greece can gain air supremacy and take full control of the Aegean Sea. After that, the balance of power in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, including Cyprus, can be turned upside down.

The failure of the S-400 shows that the Turkish government is not able to take two or three steps forward. Turkey’s desire to have both the F-35 and S-400 demonstrates that the country's authorities do not fully understand what these systems mean for the United States and Russia.

The whole world, including the USA and Russia, saw that in Ankara there is an unpredictable government, which often performs incomprehensible actions. Moreover, loss of confidence will be the most significant damage.

Turkey can still be accepted into the F-35 program, although, most likely, this will mean years of delays in supplies and, possibly, a revision of prices. After all, Washington will seek firm guarantees that Ankara will not activate the S-400 in the future after it receives the F-35.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 3 May 2020 19: 48
    It does not make sense to integrate something with the antediluvian air defense missile systems of the KHOK, since this system is completely outdated. As for the S-400, they were bought, most likely, at the direction of the United States, with the aim of studying them, and all the Yankees' indignation on this subject was only to avert their eyes ... Earlier, the Yankees did not miss the chance to study the S-300 air defense systems delivered by Russia Greece .. But, firstly, these systems are delivered in export versions, and secondly, Russia is close to adopting the S-500 air defense system ... In general, the adventures of the United States and its allies did not give them much!
    1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
      Natan bruk (Nathan Brook) 3 May 2020 20: 33
      So far, Erdogan’s gamble has given him nothing but great hemorrhoids, and the United States has completely achieved its goal.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 3 May 2020 21: 02
    that these air defense systems will just stand and rot

    And when is the Russian weapon, and where did it stand and rot? The Turks are trained, the missiles are delivered, the main thing is not to use them for us. That’s how they are, Russian patriots have brains!
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 3 May 2020 23: 02
      That’s how they are, Russian patriots have brains!

      “It seems to you.”
  3. Serge Tixiy Offline Serge Tixiy
    Serge Tixiy (Serge Tixiy) 4 May 2020 07: 17
    What can an American mongrel write, even if it is Turkish?
  4. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 4 May 2020 09: 54
    It seems so.
  5. Miron_1 Offline Miron_1
    Miron_1 (Miron 1) 4 May 2020 11: 11
    Su-35 is significantly superior to the F-35.
    If the United States wants to lose the buyer of the planes, and then the Incirlik airbase, nothing good awaits them.
  6. koksalek Offline koksalek
    koksalek 4 May 2020 19: 28
    The message is clear - the S-400 is bad, the F-35 is cool. Actually, how much they paid, sings on so many songs.
  7. radiootdel4 Offline radiootdel4
    radiootdel4 (Vladimir) 7 May 2020 14: 23
    The thing is that the S-400 can not be integrated into existing systems in Turkey, so their functionality will be close to zero.

    Washington will seek solid guarantees that Ankara will not activate the S-400 in the future after it receives the F-35.

    Some kind of cognitive dissonance - the S-400 does not work, and the SGA shouts - "do not turn on". So does it work? And if not, why be afraid?
    It turns out that the S-400 works, and how it works, since the penguins are so scared.