Ankara received the first batch of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system hardware on Friday.
Turkey’s defence ministry said. “First batch of equipment of S-400 missile defence system, which is procured to meet Turkey’s air and missile defence need, has started to arrive at Murted air base in Ankara as of July 12, 2019.”
Twenty Turkish servicemen received training from Russia in May-June and 80 more Turkish servicemen will receive training to use the S-400 system.
The purchase created a rift between Turkey and US, which argues the Russian system is not compatible with NATO equipment and may compromise its F-35 jets.
After unsuccessful efforts to purchase an air defence system from the US, Turkey signed a contract in April 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400s.