13 Sep 2017 11:03

Turkey to buy 4 battalion sets of Russian S-400 systems for over $2 bln - media

MOSCOW. Sept 13 (Interfax) - Turkey will buy four battalion sets of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems for more than $2 billion, the Kommersant newspaper said in a report.

"The Turkish Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of four battalion sets of S-400 systems to a sum exceeding $2 billion," the newspaper said citing military and diplomatic sources.

There are a number of outstanding questions pertaining to the S-400 deal, Kommersant said.

"First of all, Turkey did not mention a loan for buying the weapons in the contract signed by Rosoboronexport, and that issue would require additional consideration. Secondly, Turkey hopes to start production of S-400 systems in its territory, moreover with a high degree of product localization. Russian security services have raised objections; they think it would not be wise to transfer technologies to a NATO member country," the newspaper said.

Rostec head Sergei Chemezov told Interfax at the MAKS air show in July that S-400 systems would not be built in Turkey.

A representative of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told Interfax on Tuesday that a contract for the delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey had been signed and Russia was prepared to begin its implementation.