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First batch of S-400 delivered to Turkey

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Asia   The first batch of components has been delivered to the Murted Air Base

The delivery of the Russian-made S-400 missile systems to Turkey has begun, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"The first batch of components has been delivered to the Murted Air Base near Ankara in accordance with the S-400 contract," TASS cited the statement as saying.

The United States continues attempts to stop Turkey from purchasing the Russian missile systems. Washington has stated that it will exclude Ankara from the F-35 program if Turkey buys the S-400 systems.

The S-400 Triumf is the most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ones, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 system can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 35 km.

The first customers of the S-400 system were Belarus and China. Besides Turkey, Russia has also agreed to sell the S-400 system to India.


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