First shipment of Russian S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler) missile defense system hardware to Ankara started on Friday, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said.
“First batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, which is procured to meet Turkey’s air and missile defense need, has started to arrive at Murted Air Base in Ankara as of July 12, 2019.
Procurement contract of S-400 Long-Range Air Defence Missile System regarding the meeting of air missile defence requirement of Turkey was signed on 11 April 2017.
“Three planes were planned for today. As planned, all the aircraft arrived and all activities planned for today have been completed. This process will continue in the coming days,” defense minister Hulusi Akar told reporters.