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For NATO, the supply of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey is a real “provocation,” the German magazine Der Spiegel writes .

The alliance fears that with the help of the S-400, Moscow will be able to find the strengths and weaknesses of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets that Ankara intends to purchase from Washington, the publication said.

“Ironically, the S-400 is considered potentially the most dangerous enemy of a multifunctional fighter, which in the next few years will become the basis of the US Air Force and other countries,” Spiegel writes.

As reported in the article, servicemen of NATO countries are wary of deliveries of Russian SAMs, since, in their opinion, they can become Moscow’s “eye in Turkey”.

With the help of the S-400, Russia will be able to obtain all the data on the F-35 and other combat aircraft, the authors of the material believe.

In the opinion of the editorial board, the S-400 will also hit the stealth technology, which reduces the visibility of the F-35. As Spiegel writes, Russian ZRKs will be able to record onboard radar data, ground communication channels and radio communications, with the help of which the S-400 will “step by step study and locate allegedly invisible fighters.”

“For the F-35 armament system, of which stealth technology and data transfer capabilities are critical, this would be a disaster,” the publication notes.

In December last year, Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on the supply of S-400. Ankara will buy two batteries of air defense systems, which will be serviced by Turkish personnel. The sides also agreed on technological cooperation in the development of the production of anti-aircraft missile systems in Turkey.

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The United States, as well as NATO representatives, repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the supply of S-400 to Turkey. US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell stated that the purchase of Russian SAMs could negatively affect the supply of American F-35s to Turkey.

Sources: Der Speigel, RIA

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You can call me AL
You can call me AL
2018-05-13 21:33

Boo Hoo Nato.

Flash
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2018-05-13 22:37

Losers!

Tsar
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2018-05-14 03:57

F-35 is a flying coffin, it’s not worth studying. The S-400 is so far ahead of any yank tech that it’s considered Sci-fi level of technology in US. Spigel is talking with its backside it seems.

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Daeshbags Sux
2018-05-14 02:06

Ooops, double post.

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Daeshbags Sux
2018-05-14 02:21

It’s absolutely a provocation. F-35 is already a failure and it’s a strike aircraft that needs to be protected by F-22, Typhoon or Rafale. You need 8 F-35 to do the air-superiority job of the 3 aforementioned aircraft. And if you have a Rafale, you neither need F-35, nor Typhoon/F-22 as Rafale compares to Su-57 with a very serious advantage in infrared signature and, over F-35 or F-22, the use of a mix of active and passive stealth ends far more efficient. To give an idea, the enormous range of S-300 vs. Rafale falls to 10km and 12km for S-400.… Read more »

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2018-05-14 05:41
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Good point on “other points”. Turkey knows that it needs to get all those other systems too. I thinks the article just didn’t want to get too technical explaining what other systems will be also purchased to make S-400 fully operational. The main reason Erdogan wants S-400 is to make sure he is protected against western coalition forces in case of another que de tat, to make sure noone turns off his systems.

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2018-05-15 01:24
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@Rus, IMHO that was a self coup of Erdogan not a Western coup. He emulated another well known dictator.

p.s. Erdogan buys military technology know how from all that sell. He wants for his Ottoman 2.0 Empire a domestic weapons industry. The Spiegel article mentions more aspects but not the translation here.

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2018-05-15 01:10
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Maybe some big EU countries should buy Russian SS 400 technology too. That would save us from getting US F 35 to EU countries. Blink.

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2018-05-15 00:57
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Turkey is no democracy any more. So not only the intended SS 400 buy is incompatible with NATO “systems”. LOL.

Maybe NATO will see a Turkxit soon. I would not mind to see that after Brexit from EU. Another false friend and US submarine leaving.

p,s, Buying Russian military technology can be answered by sanctions, since 2017 an US law calls for this punishment. So Erdogan challenges the US and the NATO in several ways.