September 13, 2017
Turkey signs a deal to purchase a new generation anti-aircraft defense missile system from Russia.
The deal for the S-400 Triumph is estimated at $2.5 billion, and sparks skepticism among other NATO members over the organization’s equipment compatibility.
Turkish President Tayip Erdogan says a deposit has already been paid.
The purchase comes amid a sudden reconciliation between Moscow and Ankara after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane back in 2015.
The deal announcement was met with backlash from the Russian public, and some experts say Russia still doesn’t have enough S-400’s for itself.
The air-defense system has a range of 250 miles, and can hit up to 80 targets at once.
It was first deployed back in 2015 at Russia’s military base in the Syrian city of Latakia.