The US has continued to express its extreme displeasure with Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 surface to air system, from the Russian Federation. The US is certain that Turkey’s acquisition of the system is a direct threat to NATO. This is both a strange and revealing statement on the part of the US, because technically Turkey is a part of NATO.
Under conditions of a normal bilateral defense treaty, the acquisition of weapons systems from an ostensibly hostile state would be welcomed: the US would be free to look at Turkey’s S-400’s and develop a better understanding of their technical standards, and work towards a reverse engineering which may render the system less effective.
Turkey would also have this understanding about S-400’s with regard to the Russian Federation. Having invented and designed them. the RF would better understand their full capabilities and weaknesses. Therefore, having S-400’s is a more clear sign that Turkey expects its military rivals to not be the same as those who invented, designed, and created the S-400 system.
However, the Turkish acquisition of the S-400 Russian anti-aircraft systems poses no threat to NATO, according to the Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli in statements made earlier today in Brussels.
“We have explained [to the United States] that there is no risk or threat. We guarantee that the S-400 poses no threat to NATO,” Canikli said after meeting with US Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Canikli explained that the US is concerned that the S-400s have powerful radars and that, when installed in Turkey, can transmit data on fifth generation F-35 fighters and other NATO weapons, quoted by the Anadolu news agency.
“That is why many senators have spoken out against Turkey’s purchase of S-400 systems,” he added.
In December 2017, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to buy two S-400 batteries for Ankara. The parties also agreed to establish technological cooperation to organize the fabrication of similar systems in Turkey.
The US and NATO representatives repeatedly criticized Ankara for this deal with Moscow.
The S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft system (SA-21 Growler in the NATO classification) is able to target aerial targets of stealth technology, cruise missiles, tactical and tactical-ballistic missiles.
The 4+ generation equipment has a range of up to 400 kilometers and is twice as effective as its predecessors.
The acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems is in the interest of the Turkish nation, as long as it minimizes the country’s external dependence, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Friday.
“The purchase of the S-400 anti-missile systems is interesting for the Turkish nation, which has nothing to do with politics […] Russian anti-aircraft systems reduce Turkey’s external dependence,” Soylu was quoted as saying. Anadolu.
However, this seems to be precisely the US’s chief issue. US strategy is based upon forcing relations of co-dependence of client states upon itself. Therefore, Turkish moves towards independent policy are themselves a threat to US global hegemony, regardless of what other alliances Turkey does, or does not, make.
The Interior Minister noted that Turkey would be unable to repel a missile strike on the country, and Russia’s anti-missile systems would step in to strengthen the country’s anti-aircraft defense systems. Soylu added that countries with advanced defense systems want to disarm Turkish military capabilities.