Turkey has agreed to pay Russia 2.5 billion dollars for its most advanced missile defense system S-400, Russian defense sources confirmed.
The official, speaking to Bloomberg on condition of anonymity, said that the regional power wanted to build its own missile defense systems.
“For Turkey, the key aspect of any deal is transfer of technology or know how. The Russian agreement to allow two of the S-400 batteries to be produced in Turkey will serve that aim,” the official added.
Turkey and Russia have engaged in talks regarding Turkey’s cooperation with Russia in the defense sector since the Russian-Turkish rapprochement in August 2016.
The S-400 is a new generation of Russian missile system, which has so far been sold to China and India only.
Last year, both China and India signed an intergovernmental agreement for the procurement of four regiments of Russian-made S-400s. Turkey will become the first NATO-member country to purchase the system.