Turkey’s Russia-supplied S-400 air defense system ready to engage targets — minister

The S-400 air defense system that Turkey bought from Russia is ready for action and will be used if the country is threatened, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.

"The S-400 system is ready for use. If any threats arise, we will decide where and how to use it," he said, the A-Haber television channel reported.

Turkey has bought four S-400 air defense units from Russia valued at $2.5 billion. The Rosoboronexport agency for arms exports said in October 2019 that the contract had been fulfilled.

Following that deal the US removed Turkey from the program to produce F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets.

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