The Undersecretary for Turkish Defense Industries İsmail Demir said that Ankara might purchase a second batch of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia by the end of April.
According to Demir, Turkey is "very close" to the conclusion of such a contract. Turkey also wants to produce components of these air defense systems in partnership with Russia. Negotiations on technology transfer are "continuing," he said.
The representative of the Defense Industries noted that Turkey still has interest in the Patriot air defense systems produced by the United States, despite the purchase of Russian Triumf missile systems. US objects to this "double game" of Turkey, which is a NATO ally.
As it was reported earlier, the Turkish Armed Forces expect to put Russian missile systems on combat duty in the first quarter of 2020.