Russia and Turkey plan to sign a contract on the delivery of the second batch of the S-400 air defense missile systems in 2020, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday.
"After the delivery of the first batch concludes in May or June 2020, the parties plan to sign a new contract on the delivery of the second batch of the S-400 systems in 2021. The list of supplies will be similar to the one included in the first contract," the source said.
According to the source, the new document is planned to stipulate local manufacturing as Turkish companies will produce certain components of the S-400 systems, "which are not of crucial importance."
Meanwhile, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and Rosoboronexport have declined to comment on this information.
The S-400 Triumf is the most advanced long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ones, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 complex can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.
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