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Rosoboronexport chief confirms second S-400 order from Turkey
The Turkish government has signed a deal with Rosoboronexport for a second batch of S-400 SAM systems, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.
‘The contract has been signed,’ Rosoboronexport director general Alexander Mikheyev was reported as saying on 23 August, although he declined to divulge financial details or quantities.
Mikheyev added that the delivery schedule in the latest S-400 order depends on the resolution of ‘procedural issues with the financing of this project’.
The initial S-400 order from Turkey in September 2017 – and subsequent assertions that it will not renege on the deal - prompted a backlash from the US (a NATO ally). In July 2019, after the first S-400 equipment was delivered, the US evicted Turkey from the F-35 programme.
The original S-400 deal envisaged a level of industrial workshare in Turkey, although Shephard Defence Insight notes little or no progress on this to date.
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