In September, CNBC learned which Turkey was inside process of constructing a site for the Russian S-400 system despite warnings via the United States to not buy the platform, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of an intelligence report.
In multiple efforts to deter Turkey via buying the S-400, the U.S. State Department offered in 2013 along with 2017 to sell which a Patriot missile system. Ankara passed on Patriot both times because the U.S. declined to provide a transfer of the system’s sensitive missile technology.
The intelligence assessment included satellite imagery of a concrete launch facility as well as bunkers, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The fresh construction fits the pattern for Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system, the source indicated.
The S-400 missile system, equipped with eight launchers along with 32 missiles, will be capable of targeting along with collecting valuable technical intelligence via the F-35. Similarly, the S-400 cannot be operated alongside NATO defense systems.
The Turkey-U.S. military relationship took more anxious turns Monday, when the U.S. halted delivery of two F-35 fighter jets to Ankara along with an agreement to sell the Patriot system to Turkey expired.
On Tuesday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he expected the dispute with Turkey over its planned purchase of Russia’s S-400 system to be resolved.
“I expect we’ll solve the problem in order which they contain the right defense equipment in terms of Patriots along with F-35s,” Shanahan told a tiny group of reporters at the Pentagon.
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