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Demir: S-400 to be operated in Turkey without Russian personnel 17 November, 2019

President of the Defence Industry, Ismail Demir said that no Russian personnel would operate the S-400 missile defence systems after they enter service in Turkey. Speaking at a television interview, Demir said, "Turkish specialists are continuing their training in Russia. We have reiterated more than once that there will be no Russian personnel [to operate the S-400]," he said adding that Turkey had no plans to put aside the S-400 missile defence systems having purchased them from Russia. "We are planning to put the Russian systems into service in April 2020," he stressed.

Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a long-range air defence missile system that went into service in Russia in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and an altitude of up to 30 km.

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