- Russia is likely to sign a contract for the delivery of an additional batch of its S-400 missile systems to Turkey next year, the Interfax news agency cited Sergei Chemezov, head of state conglomerate Rostec, as saying on Sunday.
- Turkey bought a batch of the missile systems from Russia last year, leading to its suspension by Washington from the US F-35 stealth fighter jet programme. The United States has said that Turkey risks US sanctions if it deploys the Russian-made S-400s.
- The S-400 Triumf deal is the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile developed by Russia. It is the most advanced Air Defence System in the world.
- The S-400 Triumph is an air defence missile system developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau of Russia. The new system replaced the S-300P and S-200 air defence systems of the Russian Army.
- The S-400 was developed as an upgrade of the S-300 series of surface-to-air missile systems. The system entered service in April 2007 and the first S-400 was deployed in combat in August 2007. Russia set up four S-400 regiments defending national airspace in the Moscow region, the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, and the Eastern Military District.
- The S-400 Triumph air defence system integrates a multifunction radar, autonomous detection, and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and command and control centre. It is capable of firing three types of missiles to create a layered defence.
- In particular, the S-400 comes with the advance radar which can detect and track aircraft, guided and cruise missiles, drones, and ballistic rockets. Hence it can detect and shot down with a speed of Mach 15 (17,000km/Hr).
- It is proved as the best air defence, as in recent news Russia claims that it shot down a hypersonic missile during a live drill.
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