Erdogan says delivery of system to be completed by April 2020.
The ninth Russian plane carrying components of the advanced S-400 air defense system landed in Turkey on Monday. The delivery of the Russian defense systems saw several Antonov-124s land at the Mürted Airbase outside Ankara.
Satellite images released by Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat Intl. (ISI) showed two launchers, one crane and five additional auxiliary vehicles. While no S-400 radars were observed by ISI, the firm said it was likely that they would likely arrive on future shipments.
The first delivery of the S-400 began on Friday. Acording to Russia’s TASS news, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the delivery of the advanced air defense system will be completed by April 2020.
“I hope a major part of S-400 components will be delivered by the end of this year, and the entire process will be over by April 2020,” he was quoted by the Haberturk television channel as saying. “After that, we will continue to follow our path with bigger confidence.”
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