Ankara is still considering the purchase of Russia’s advanced S-400 missile systems as part of the effort to boost Turkey’s missile defense, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Dirioz said Monday.
Russia’s Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.
“Turkey is considering various options for its missile defenses, including the S-400, but no decision has been made yet,” Dirioz said.
The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.
Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.