Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, 5 June 2017 (Photo by AP Photo/ Burhan Ozbilic)

Turkish media earlier carried reports about possible purchase by Turkey of Russian Su-57 fighters in the event the United States refuses to supply Turkey with F-35 fighters.

“Why do we buy S-400 [air defense systems]? Because we have an urgent need for an air defense system. We are already partners in the F-35 manufacturing program, we participate in this project, we have paid the necessary amount. There are currently no problems with this. But in the worst case scenario, we will have to satisfy our need in another place, where the best technologies will be offered,” Cavusoglu said.

Mevlut Cavusoglu has also noted that Ankara had no intention to hand over S-400 air defense missile systems bought from Russia to Qatar and Azerbaijan.

“There is no talk about plans to place the S-400 in Qatar or Azerbaijan. We have never discussed such an issue,” Cavusoglu said.
Turkish media earlier reported on the possible handover by Ankara of S-400 systems to Qatar and Azerbaijan.

Earlier in April, Cavusoglu argued that Ankara would find a substitute for the F-35 if the United States refused to deliver the aircraft to Turkey to penalize the country for its purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defence systems.

Earlier in the month, the Pentagon announced that Washington halted deliveries and activities with Turkey on F-35 fighter jet program over Ankara’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defence systems.

The Russian-Turkish cooperation on S-400 deliveries has been criticised by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States, which have cited security concerns and an inability of integration between S-400 and NATO’s air defence systems.

Ankara, in its turn, has said that purchase of military equipment is its sovereign affair and ruled out the possibility of abandoning its plans. The first shipment of S-400 air defence systems is expected to be delivered to Ankara in July.

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Source: Sputnik

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  1. Pougnetta!

    +++ “and an inability of integration between S-400 and NATO’s air defence systems.”

    Absolutely! S-400 is a proprietary system you can only network with Russian AWACS, fighter-jets, navy-vessels, radars, etc.
    Anything coming from either NATO-countries or allies like S-Korea, Japan, Israel, Taiwan, etc etc, can be inter-operated!
    To make S-400 efficient, you need to network it with at least a Beriev A-100 which won’t be available until a few years… And they still won’t be able to network navy-vessels, other SAM systems, radars, fighter jets, etc etc etc… unless they go 100% Russian)…

    ““Why do we buy S-400 [air defense systems]? Because we have an urgent need for an air defense system.”
    => Let me laugh! You were in talks to get EuroSAM’s MAMBA for YEARS, using the MAMBA in a lure-pursuit pattern in order to try to get Patriot for near-free through US FMS program…
    In fact, you wanted air defences for free!
    The funniest is that MAMBA is more efficient than Patriot while much cheaper, in fact, a battery of 6 launchers with 8 missiles each, added with command post and radar costs not even the half of a S-400 battalion w. 8 launchers of 4 missiles. MAMBA may range only 120km, it’s still 6x more than PAC-3 and well, with 98.5% of kills with a missile still the only one proven able to intercept terrain-hugging Mach-3 cruise-missiles, at 191M per battery, it’s one of the best bang for the buck…
    Nevertheless, since Erdogan managed to ruin long time good relations with both EU and USA the free-mason Atatürk had posed the bases, so opting for following the Ikhwan’s nefarious ways, well, nonetheless it’s a good thing USA and EU are stopping providing weapons to this terrorism-backing creeps, but Russia should do the same…

    Thus, knowing our Russian partners, as soon as they propose an “export” special-version, it’s highly degraded, it’s what Russians themselves call “Monkey-Models”…
    So Su-57E will be a flying t**d and so will S-400E (E for export) 😉 The Monkey-Models tradition dates back to the Soviets… Usually, Yanks used to call it “Soviet c**p”, just think about the 80’s $4.5M MiG-29 with only R-73 IR missiles, pitiful radars and systems. These ended shot down en masse in any conflict they participated, no surprise…