Russia to Offer Turkey Advanced Surface-to-Air Missiles

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti)–Russia is ready to participate in a tender to offer Turkey S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the state-controlled arms exporter said on Wednesday.

“The Turkish military has a great need for S-300 and S-400 long-range missile defense systems,” Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaikin said. “Russia has expressed its readiness to participate in a tender for the delivery of such systems.”

He said leading SAM manufacturers from Western countries would participate in the tender “on a par with Russia.”

He gave no indication as to what specific SAM modifications would be offered or the timeframe for the tender.

Turkish military experts have said Ankara is interested in the Russian missiles, which could effectively protect the country’s southern borders.

The advanced version of the S-300 missile system, called S-300PMU1, has a range of over 150 kilometers (over 100 miles) and can intercept ballistic missiles and aircraft at low and high altitudes, making it effective in warding off air strikes.

The S-300V/Antey 2500 (SA-12 Gladiator/Giant) consists of a new command vehicle, an array of advanced radars and up to six loader vehicles assigned to each launcher.

The S-400 (SA-21 Growler) is capable of simultaneously engaging six targets to a range of 400 km (250 miles) and an altitude up to 30 kilometers, including aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.

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  1. john papazian said:

    What ememies does Turkey have south of thier borders? Isreal? Or the US Navy perhaps? I hope President Obama understands the situation.Russian missles in Turkey,Turkish missles in Iran,the prospect of a nuclear Iran,this just gets better and better, does’t it?

  2. hovo said:

    I don’t know what kind of russian vodka do they drink? Russian leaders can sell their mom for money. Times change, we should change too. Russki we pidarati esli we tak budite cdelat!

  3. Edward Mouradian said:

    Avedis has got his percentage profit from the deal &is now drinking & whoring happily in his local KGB-FSB parlour &where are you Arman?-at the international meeting of the communist,pardon socialist parties in Yerevan,yes?Give our best regards to our comrades from azeristan and mother russia-workers from all over the world-unite!!!Victory will be ours-venceremos-death to the bloody capitalist scumbags&long live the communist,excuse me the socialist revolution.And dont forget to bring flowers to the great mass murderer,pardon,leader of world socialism Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov,V.D.and say your prayers for good old uncle Joe!!!Коммунизм даэш???

  4. john said:

    It sure does. things are becoming very fluid in the region. i hope the leadership is capable of handling it.