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Turkey in final stages to purchase S-400 missile system

S-400 missile system purchase at final stage: Turkish defense minister

DAILY SABAH

ISTANBUL

PublishedApril 13, 2017

Turkey’s decision to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia is to be finalized soon, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on Thursday after meeting his U.S. counterpart James Mattis at the Pentagon.

Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Işık said Turkey urgently needs an air defense system and the final decision to buy the S-400 systems will be made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.

Işık also said that Turkey has welcomed the recent U.S. air strike on the Syrian regime’s Shayrat air base in Syria in retaliation to the chemical weapons attack in Idlib.

“Two NATO allies need to deepen their bilateral relations, and the common threats both Turkey and the U.S. are facing make it necessary to have a strong cooperation,” the minister said.

For his part, Mattis said Turkish and American armies are working closely to fight against many terror groups, including Daesh and the PKK.

The S-400 was developed as an upgraded version of the S-300 series of surface-to-air missile systems. The system entered service in April 2007 and the first S-400 was deployed in combat in August 2007. According to sources within the defense industry, a regular S-400 battalion consists of at least eight launchers with 32 missiles and a mobile command post.

The system can engage all types of aerial targets, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and ballistic and cruise missiles within the range of 400 kilometers (249 miles), at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers. The S-400 systems are capable of firing three types of missiles to create a layered defense, and the system can be deployed within five minutes, while simultaneously engaging 36 targets.

As a NATO-member, Turkey’s procurement of the Russian S-400 system has raised concerns regarding the compatibility and integration of these weapons into the N.A.T.O. infrastructure. Minister Işık clarified last month that Turkey will use the Russian systems without integration, noting: ”Russia’s S-400 missile systems will not be integrated into the N.A.T.O. system.”

Minister Işık also said the Russian missile system will be used to fulfill Turkey’s immediate requirement while stressing that the uncompromising attitude of N.A.T.O.-member countries compelled Turkey to purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. “We underwent negotiations to purchase N.A.T.O.-produced missile systems, but we could not get a reasonable offer in terms of price and technology transfer. Thus, our negotiations with the Russians have intensified,” Minister Işık said on March 15.

Original post dailysabah.com

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Two more Russian warship head to Syria

Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland is today escorting two Russian warships which are expected to sail through the English Channel overnight tonight.

First published:15 April 2017

The Type 23 frigate located the two Russian ships in the early hours of Friday morning [14 Apr 17] as they sailed through the North Sea towards the Dover Straits.

The Steregushchiy-class corvettes, Soobrazitelny and Boiky, were joined later in the afternoon by a Russian support tanker and an ocean-going tug.

HMS Sutherland will continue to monitor the movements of the ships as they pass close to UK territorial waters today.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

HMS Sutherland is carefully marking these Russian ships as they pass close to UK waters. The Royal Navy maintains a vigilant watch and is always ready to keep Britain safe.

Royal Navy sailors on the Plymouth-based frigate keep watch on every movement of the ships, using state-of-the-art radars to track the course and speed of the ships as they pass close to the UK.

Commander Andrew Canale, the Commanding Officer of HMS Sutherland, said:

As one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness units, HMS Sutherland is required to escort warships that approach the UK and this task is considered routine business for us.

It is vitally important the Royal Navy demonstrates its presence and commitment to the integrity of UK territorial waters as we work around the clock to secure the seas of our island nation.

As a high-readiness unit, HMS Sutherland may be called upon at any time to help prevent arms trafficking, people smuggling, conduct counter-terrorism operations, maritime search and rescue, or escort duties like those it is undertaking today.

Original post gov.uk

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Soobrazitelny and Boiky are both Soobrazitelny Class Corvettes……….

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