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Turkish air defence system could pave way back to US fighter jet programmes

11th January 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Local press describes the Siper system as a rival to the Russian S-400 Triumf. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Siper surface-to-air missile system may serve as an indigenous replacement for the Russian S-400 controversially acquired by Turkey and leading to its expulsion from the F-35 programme.

At the end of 2022, Turkey successfully test-fired its domestically built Siper long-range air defence missile system against a target 100km away.

‘A New Year's gift to our nation as we enter the Turkish century from our defence industry,’ tweeted Ismail Demir, head of the Turkish Defence Industry Agency.

The Siper project is led by Turkey’s defence giants Aselsan and Roketsan, as well as the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Local media describes the system as a rival to the Russian S-400 Triumf, not unlike what Iran did when unveiled its Bavar-373.

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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