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Delivery of 2nd S-400 battery parts to Turkey completed

The final parts of the second battery of Russian S-400 missile defense system have arrived in capital Ankara, Turkish Defense Ministry said.

Noting that the delivery process for the second S-400 battery started on Aug. 27, the ministry said the transfer was completed at Murted Airbase on Sunday.

The delivery of the first battery equipment was made on July 12-25, it added.

Currently, the installation of the system is underway and Turkish military personnel are being trained on the use of the system. The system is projected to get operational in April 2020.

The S-400 system is seen as one of the most advanced missile systems in the world, capable of tracking several targets simultaneously.

The Russian missile system purchase has been a sticking point between Turkey and the U.S. for the past few months as Washington has argued that the S-400 system would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose the F-35 fighter jet to possible Russian subterfuge.

Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance and rejected stepping back from the deal.

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