Under Pressure From U.S. Senate, Turkish President Erdogan Could Sale S-400 to U.S. Army

The United States Senate made an addition to the S-400s in the draft law for the U.S. 2021 Defense Budget Authorization.

With the arrangement made by the Senate of the United States, the US Army was given the authority to purchase the S-400 Triumf Air Defense Missile System (HSFS), which is in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces and supplied from Russia. Turkey agreed to sell Russian S-400 SAM to U.S. army for estimated cost of $10 billion dollars learned GDC citing Avia.Pro newspaper.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the purchase to be made using the U.S. Army’s missile procurement account. The move comes a year after the U.S. expelled NATO ally Turkey from the multinational F-35 program because it received the S-400 in a $2.5 billion deal.

According Russian newspaper, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again framed Russia, reaching an agreement with Washington on the sale of Russian S-400 Triumph systems to the American army. This is evidenced by the bill approved by the US Senate, which clearly spells out the purchase of the S-400 for the needs of the American army – it is planned to allocate several billion dollars for this, which indicates that Erdogan once again circled Russia around the finger.

After the emergence of information that the US Senate approved the purchase of Russian S-400 Triumph systems from Turkey, it became known that $10 billion would be required from the US budget, with $2.5 billion. Turkey can get dollars right away, and the remaining amount will be provided by credit, which, by the way, was previously reported by Turkish media.

“I think the US buying the S-400s from Turkey is a clever way of getting Erdogan out of the jam he put himself in,” Townsend said. “We just want to get the system out of Turkey … and if it enables the Turks to take part in the F-35 then all the better.” , said Jim Townsend, a former Pentagon official for European and NATO policy.

The likelihood that Ankara will want to sell S-400 systems to Washington at the moment is very high, since these systems are still not accepted for service, which obviously indicates that Erdogan is seriously concern of the introduction of powerful US sanctions, and therefore intends to sell Russian weapons to this country in order to resume participation in the F-35 program and obtain a loan.

Turkey evicted from F-35 Programme.

Experts are of the opinion that, having received the Russian S-400, Washington can work out measures to counter these Russian S-400, which may affect the sales of such systems to Russian partners.

The following statements were included in the addition to the draft law:

“A) AUTHORIZATION – Subject to Section b, it is permissible to allocate sums that may be required for the purchase of the S-400 Missile Defense System to the Army – here the US Army is mentioned.

b) CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT – the authorization to purchase an S-400 Air Defense System in item a; By the Government of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, purchases of military equipment that are considered non-compliant by the US or is subject to a certificate to be given that it will be used in other ways. “

U.S. Senate Document

From the above statement; US Senate, the Turkish Air Force S in the inventory-400 the acquisition by Triumf air defense system the US Army, and thus the US in this direction – Turkey outweighs the opinion wants an end to the tension. The first S-400 fleet HSFS bought $1.3 billion provision for Turkey, the second S-400 fleet in HSFS $1.2 billion, with the right to purchase.

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Turkish S-400

Turkey’s what step to be taken in the S-400 is unclear for the moment. However, according to the text of the relevant laws of the United States, Turkey’s pretty clear requirement in the form of an asynchronous system not to take part in NATO.

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Turkish S-400

Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, in September 2017 the two fleets (4 batteries) S-400 Air Defense Missile System (HSFS) had signed an agreement regarding the supply of $2.5 billion. In this context, the components of the first S-400 fleet were delivered to the Turkish Air Force Command in 2019, and subsequently, installation and testing activities were started. Amounting to $1.3 billion with the delivery of the first S-400 fleet, Turkey was not yet the order of the second S-400 fleet worth $1.2 billion US dollars.

The decision to sell the US Russian S-400s could be made by Turkey as early as next year, however, Ankara has not yet commented on the Senate bill.

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