Turkey, Russia ‘in talks on joint production of S-400’
The delivery of the second batch of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey may be delayed beyond 2020, the planned timeline, due to talks on technology sharing and joint production, the head of the country’s Presidency of Defence Industries said on Nov. 4, Hurriyet daily news reports.
Turkey’s procurement of the first batch of S-400 system was for a finished product, but Ankara wants the second system as co-production and with transfer technology, Demir told NTV private broadcaster.
“Common production concepts can play the calendar. We have some sensitivities that some productions have to be done here. Technical studies are in progress,” he stated.
Russia had offered to sell Turkey its SU-35 fighter jets and that Turkey was evaluating the offer, he also said. Ankara makes “comprehensive analysis” on the financial and strategic dimensions” of such a procurement, he added.
“There is an offer and we are evaluating it. There cannot be such a thing as ‘we’re buying tomorrow’ in such matters. The offer’s financial and strategic aspects will be examined, there cannot be an immediate decision,” Demir said.
“It would not be right to say, ‘the F-35 era is closed, the Su-35 era is beginning,’ but we will evaluate the offer,” he said.