Erdogan announces production of Turkey’s own long range air defence system
Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey is in the process of developing and producing the first purely Turkish air defence system of long-range missiles.
The system, which, according to the Turkish president, will be ready in 2021, will be called “SIPER” (“Trench”).
The Turkish president made the announcement in Ankara at a conference on the technological development of the military industry and the national infrastructure.
This was an unexpected announcement as Turkey is expected to buy the Russian S-400 missile defence system.
The previous week, Turkey’s Defence minister announced that the S-400 missile system will be deployed in October 2019.
The supply of the U.S. Patriot anti-aircraft system is considered possible by Ankara since there has been a gradual de-escalation of the U.S.-Turkey tensions thanks to the release of the American pastor Andrew Brunson by the Turkish authorities.
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