The Turkish government has just taken delivery of 1st batch of S-400 Air defense system, which is valued at ₦720 billion, from the Russian government. This move has heightened tensions between the U.S and Turkish governments to a new dimension.
Still pretty unclear why Turkey is still interested in the US F-35 after taking delivery of its nemesis, Russia's S-400
The acquisition of this air defense system nullifies the contract for Turkey in acquiring the F-35 combat aircraft produced by the United States. The plane manufactured by the Russian government has the capability of shooting down the F-35 and could trigger extra sanctions from the U.S government.
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This latest delivery of mass defense system to Turkey from Russia would incur serious sanctions from the U.S
At a distance of 240 km (150 miles), the S-400 will easily shoot down any aircraft and also intercept ballistic missiles that are about 38 miles away. This is capable of providing the Armed Forces in Turkey with an advanced weapon covering the major part of Syria and Greece, their old enemy.
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, already had a plan to acquire 166 units of U.S F-35 combat aircrafts. He however commented recently that it would be a “robbery” if his country is excluded from the F-35 program since a sum of ₦365 billion ($1 billion) had already been invested in the consortium producing it.