Peskov Hopes to Deliver a 2nd Batch of S-400s to Turkey, Delivery of Turkish Drones to Ukraine ‘Continue as Planned’
Russia to help Turkey develop a jet fighter
Peskov hopes to deliver second batch of S-400s to Turkey
The Russian side hopes that the delivery of another batch of S-400 air defense systems will take place, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president, said in an interview with the Greek ANT1 TV channel.
“We have certain agreements with our Turkish partners. And we hope for this,” he said, answering the relevant question of the journalist.
Peskov stressed that these systems are “100% defensive” and therefore do not pose a threat either to Greece or to other countries.
Second batch of S-400s to include technology transfers
Viktor Kladov, who leads Rostec’s international cooperation and regional policy department said Monday that the S-400 sale to Turkey is continuing. “The second batch will include transferring technology to Turkey,” he told reporters at the Dubai Airshow.
Source: Military Times
Turkey intends to get Russian engines, subsystems, technology transfers for new Turkish fighter
Turkey intends to cooperate with the Russian Federation on the program for the production of its own fighters, said Ismail Demir, head of the republic’s defense industry.
“There are many points of cooperation in our negotiations with Russia. They include some issues related to the development of our national military aircraft, which will leave the hangar in 2023. There is a type of engine and certain systems that we have chosen. But over time, there will be changes , development, renewal of certain systems. During this process, negotiations with Russia may also take place, “Hurriyet quotes Demir.
Earlier, Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank told RIA Novosti that Ankara does not exclude the possibility of buying Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters, but the priority is to develop its own fifth generation fighters.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, “If the US does not want to resolve the issue about F35s, or if the US Congress blocks it, Turkey will consider other options including purchasing (Russian-made) Su-35 or Su-57,” 183/https://t.co/NDcAcWuZvP pic.twitter.com/UXuYP2GRSI
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In turn, the general director of the leading Turkish aerospace company TUSAŞ Temel Kotil told RIA Novosti that the Turkish national fighter will make its first flight in 2025, and in 2029 it is planned to transfer it to the country’s armed forces.
Source: RIA Novosti
Delivery of Turkish drones to Ukraine continue as planned: Official
Turkey has been delivering Turkish Bayraktar drones to Ukraine as scheduled according to the requirements of the deal and new delivery has nothing to do with the objection of Russia, the country’s top defense official said on Dec. 4.
“We sold a lot of UAVs to Ukraine. Now, there is no such thing as selling while there is tension with Russia. It was a process. There were batch agreements that were discussed from the beginning,” İsmail Demir, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency, told a group of journalists.
He was asked about media reports in Ukraine that Kiev will buy another batch of Turkish drones for its armed forces next year amid Russia’s increasing unease towards Ankara due to the arms deal.
“Ukraine had certain production and investment projects. As a requirement of previous agreements, this is the progress of the project that has been talked about from the beginning. It has nothing to do with the latest developments,” Demir said.
One should not have the understanding that Turkey is sending UAVs to Ukraine due to the tension, he emphasized.
The deal between Ankara and Moscow for S-400 air defense systems envisaged two systems where the second system foresees a specific area of cooperation, the official said.
When asked about a statement by Aleksandr Miheyev, the director-general of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s military export company, that they have started technology transfer for the production of some parts of the S-400 air defense system in Turkey, Demir refrained to give details and stressed confidentiality.
“One of the main elements of the second system was technology transfer. Since such systems are strategic systems, every country wants to protect its privacy. As Turkey, we also think that we should be a little more secretive. When systems are produced, we explain them more clearly,” he said.
Talks possible with Russia for National Combat Aircraft (MMU)
When recalled the remarks of Erdoğan that Turkey and Russia might cooperate on fighter jets, Demir said, “There are many items of cooperation in our talks with the Russian federation – including some issues related to the MMU.”
“There is an engine type we chose as the MMU will come out of the hangar in 2023, there are certain systems. But as time goes on, it will be a step-by-step process, just like changing, developing, renewing, or localizing certain systems. In this process, there may be negotiations with the Russian side regarding certain systems to be localized. There aren’t many details right now,” he stated.
Turkey is working on the development of the National Combat Aircraft, or MMU, which is aimed to be a fifth-generation domestically designed stealth fighter jet. Russia is in talks with Turkey and has offered its help in developing advanced fighter jets, Dmitry Shugayev, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told RIA news agency in November.
Demir noted that there is no development and no contact with the U.S. currently on the sale of Patriot defense systems to Turkey, and the talks on the F-35 issue is carried out by the Turkish Defense Ministry because he and his agency are subject to CATSAA sanctions.