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Turkey tests Russian S-400 system against F-16 fighter jets


Turkey has begun testing newly acquired S-400  Russian missile defence system against American-made F-16 fighter jets.


Turkey tests Russian S 400 system against F 16 fighter jets 01 S-400 Triumf air defense system (Picture source: Army Recognition)


"Within the scope of some projects carried out in coordination with the Presidency of Defense Industries, F-16 aircraft and other aircraft belonging to the (Turkish) Air Force will carry out low and high altitude test flights on Monday and Tuesday [November 25 and 26] in the skies of Ankara," the governorate said, despite pressure from Washington for Turkey to drop the system. 

Russia delivered two batteries of the S-400 system to Turkey between July  and September.

As a reminder, Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s has been a major factor souring relations with the United States, which says the system is not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to Lockheed Martin’s  F-35 stealth fighter jets.


Turkey tests Russian S 400 system against F 16 fighter jets 02US F-16C (Picture source:SMSgt Thomas Meneguin)