Turkey's S-400 Systems to Be 'Ready for Combat' by Spring - Russian Gov't Agency

Turkey's S-400 Systems to Be 'Ready for Combat' by Spring - Russian Gov't Agency

The S-400 missile defence systems will be operated by the Turkish army no later than the spring of 2020, while the training of Turkish specialists will be complete by the end of 2019, Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, told reporters at an exhibition in Dubai, Sputnik reports.

"The contract for the S-400 for Turkey is carried out normally. By the end of the year, we will complete the training of Turkish specialists. By spring, the system will be on combat duty. Everything is going according to plan," said Shugaev.

Russia will provide technical assistance to Turkey in developing a 5th generation fighter jet, Shugaev added.

"[Russia has] plenty to offer our Turkish partners in this [military-technical] field in terms of developing different systems. They also have a lot of experience. We can help significantly," Shugaev said.

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