On Thursday, Turkey issued notices restricting air space (NOTAM) to a height of 200,000 feet and waters off its Black Sea coast to allow the S-400 firing tests, a week after the missile systems were seen being transported to the area, while it had previously carried out radar tests. Another angle of the #Turkish S-400 test launch near #Sinop pic.twitter.com/1dresOdShB
— Observer IL (@Obs_IL) October 16, 2020 Ankara inked the deal with Moscow in 2017, making Turkey the first NATO country to acquire these systems from Russia, and the delivery of the first parts of the S-400 started in 2019, despite strong opposition by the US. “If confirmed, we would condemn in the strongest terms the S-400 test missile launch as incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities as a NATO ally and strategic partner of the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Friday, after the circulation of the reports. The warning was reiterated last month, during NATO’s chief Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Ankara, who said that the activation of the S-400 missiles risks compatibility with NATO aircraft and defences. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV
Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems shoot during the 6th International Army Games 2020 in Ashuluk landfill in Astrakhan region 1300 km outside Moscow, Russia, 26 August 2020. Washington had initially proposed that Ankara buys the US-made Patriot missile defence system instead, however it eventually suspended the country from its F-35 fighter jet program. Several videos also circulated in Twitter, allegedly showing Turkish military’s live fire test of the Russian-made S-400 missiles. The 6th International Military-Technical Forum ‘Army-2020′ is held from 23 August till 05 September 2020 at 23 military training grounds of five countries. During the exercise, three S-400 missiles successfully shot down three targets, TASS news agency reported, citing a military-diplomatic source. The US had also warned of economic sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, if the S-400 system is activated. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV
Turkey has tested for the first time its Russian-made S-400 air defence missile system in the Black Sea province of Sinop, Turkish and Russian media reported on Friday. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Turkey reportedly conducts live fire test of Russian-made S-400 missile system
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08626816 Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems shoot during the 6th International Army Games 2020 in Ashuluk landfill in Astrakhan region 1300 km outside Moscow, Russia, 26 August 2020.