Turkey accused Russia of fraud, discloses fatal flaws in Russian-made S-400 SAM system, calling it a “chimney”

Turkey conducted its first test of its Russian-made S-400 last November against US-made F-16 fighter aircraft, flouting NATO’s admonishments about the air-defense system just days before a summit of the alliance’s leaders.

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Turkey had signed a controversial deal in 2017 with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. The deal was thought to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn).

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Turkey accused Russia of deceiving supplies of S-400.

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Despite the fact that until recently, Turkey stated that the Russian S-400s were extremely useful air defense and missile defense systems, Ankara unexpectedly announced an open fraud with the supply of Russian S-400s. Data on this is provided by the Turkish information publication Yeni Akit.

Radar manufacturer specification shows S-400 detection range below than the Russian propaganda said.

Fraud should be understood as Russia’s refusal to transfer S-400 systems technology to Turkey, and therefore, in this country they will not be able to establish the production of Russian air defense / missile defense systems.

Turkish Defense Ministry spokesperson

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According to the media Yeni Akit, they [the agency] have material, which, in fact, is an infographic of the effectiveness of the Russian S-400.

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As follows from the data presented, the Russian S-400 air defense system can indeed track targets at distances up to 400 kilometers with jumbo jet size aircraft and under the condition of a suitable terrain.

However, under the condition that the target will be at an altitude of 20 kilometers. When the target is located below the altitude of 5 kilometers, the efficiency drops several times, allowing, among other things, to attack the S-400 positional area.

Destroyed Nebo-SVU radar. Screen capture from Ukrainian MoD video.

One of the S-400 positioning areas in Turkey covers most of the Turkish territory and airspace, however, if the target is at an altitude of 5 kilometers, its detection efficiency drops by 30-40%.

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When an air target is located at an altitude of 1 kilometer, the effective range of its detection and destruction is only 70-180 kilometers (depending on the terrain), And when the target is at an altitude of less than one kilometer, we are talking about defeat aerodynamic targets only a few kilometers away.

Until now, it was believed that depending on the altitude, the effective range of the Russian S-400 missile defense system is approximately equal to 400km, however, the actual range is highly dependence of the radar and weather conditions, moreover detection rate at low altitudes raises a lot of questions.

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Loitering munitions like the Israeli Delilah cruise missile, American MALD-J and European Spear-EW can easily destroy the fire control radar (92N6 known as Grave Stone by NATO) and early warning radar (Nebo-M) of Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile. The Delilah cruise missile, MALD-J and Spear-EW follow low altitude flight paths making it harder to detect by an early warning radar like Nebo-M and Russian air defense radar (67N6E Gamma DE and Kasta-2E2).

“Firstly, there are no obligations in the concluded contract with Turkey for technology transfer. Secondly, given the fact that Turkey is a member of NATO, the transfer of military technology is almost completely excluded. If Ankara doesn’t like something, then it can simply turn off the Russian air defense, this is how we work in Russia. ”Rostec officials said in a news briefing.

“We have people who will guess the technology of these chimneys (missile canisters). Soon they will do it, and we will create our T-500 missiles … The main thing is to understand how this is done … Let the Russian bear think what will happen after that” said Turkish defense ministry official.

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