Sunday, October 18, 2020

U.S. Displeased as Turkey Conducts First Test Firing of S-400 Missile System

Oct 18, 2020.

Turkey has reportedly conducted the first test firing of its S-400 long range surface system, after receiving it from Russia in 2019 and reportedly ordering a second unit since then.

 Turkey previously tested the S-400’s sensors on multiple occasions, using U.S.-supplied F-4E and F-16 fighter jets to assess its performance limitations, with military officials expressing satisfaction that the system performed better than expected.

Unconfirmed video footage emerged on October 16th showing the reported “comprehensive test” of the S-400 in Turkey’s Sinop province on the Black Sea coast.

Russia’s state run TASS news agency subsequently quoted an unnamed source “in military and diplomatic circles,” which claimed that the S-400 tests involved the launch of three missiles which all successfully engaged their targets.

10 British made Banshee target drones, disposable weapons designed to evaluate the performance of surface to air and air to air missiles, were reportedly transported to Sinop for the tests.

 Turkey has faced a sharp rebuke from the United States over reports that it had tested the S-400, with Washington threatening to place economic sanctions on the country should it activate the Russian supplied weapons systems.

The U.S. has already evicted Turkey from the F-35 fighter program over its purchase of the missile system, despite the country manufacturing over 100 components for the F-35 and previously expected to be the largest export client in the world for the F-35A variant.

Turkey, for its part, has delayed plans to activate the S-400 from the early spring - a decision likely made to avoid the immediate implementation of sanctions.

The U.S. has similarly threatened clients for high end Russian arms across the world, in an effort to gain more market share for its own defence products and those of other Western states.

Turkey has indicated that it will purchase high end fighter aircraft from Russia, namely the Su-35 and Su-57, which is thought to be deterring the U.S. from placing too much pressure on the country to avoid alienating it and pressing it to further strengthen defence ties with Russia.

Military Watch Magazine