The U.S. Senate adopted on Monday the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019, which obliges the Secretary of Defense to present a special report regarding the potential purchase of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia by the Turkish government.

No later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of the Authorization Act, “the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on the status of the United States relationship with the Republic of Turkey,” the document said.

According to the Act, “the Secretary of Defense may not take any action to execute delivery of a foreign military sale for major defense equipment” to Tukey until the report is submitted.

The required report should include “an assessment of the potential purchase by the Government of Turkey of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation and the potential effects of such purchase on the United States-Turkey bilateral relationship, including an assessment of impacts on other United States weapon systems and platforms operated jointly with Turkey to include the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike aircraft; the Patriot surface-to-air missile system; the CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter; the AH-1 Attack helicopter; the H-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter; and the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft,” the Senate said.

The Secretary of Defense is not allowed to take any action “to execute delivery of a foreign military sale for major defense equipment subject to congressional notification to the Republic of Turkey until the Secretary submits to the appropriate congressional committees the report,” the Act said.

Earlier reports said that Ankara intends to purchase over 100 F-35 warplanes. The proposed measure may hinder the execution of the contract.

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Russia’s S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the latest long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers.

In November 2016, it was announced that Turkey and Russia were negotiating the contract for the supply of S-400 air defense systems. Russia confirmed the conclusion of the contract on September 12, 2017.

Source: http://tass.com/world/1010065

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One would hope that any weapons deliveries to Ankara are made from height, and targeted at the presidential palace.

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Their better used as a weapon against the US for now.

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Boot targets are apropriate

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Right on target

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turks and zsa are total losers – exposing each other’s wheeling and dealing

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Well well well…..now the tire hits the tarmac….

So how does Turkey survive without US weapons supplies? Do they roll the dice and threaten the US, or do they roll over and do as their told?

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They can but not without NATO subsidies. IMHO

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Well, Turkey is in the Top-10 weapons exporters, TAI built a lot of F-16 and is on a 5th gen fighter project with BAe and Saab and also a gunship chopper derived fromAgusta Mangusta, Roketsan builds missiles, another company builds APC/IFVs, MKEK makes assault riffles, some companies are well known for totally devastating ‘street-sweeper’ shotguns, e.g. semi-auto with 14-15 rounds magazines. Do not underestimate Turkish MIC, Turkey isn’t a 3rd world country too. And frankly… I wouldn’t buy any F-35 until these are fully operational (not until 2023-2025) and surely never all those buying it have done : without even… Read more »

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LOL. This was expected by me. US will cut all military aid. So will NATO.

Good.

No support to the Turkish dictatorship.

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So did I. Now Erdolf says he can order from others in Europ or from Russia, and the Chinese are on market too. TAI is also pretty experienced… Now the only good points with F-35 to a country from Turkey : Yanks can remotely ground ’em all but the Israeli ones and F-35 sux for air superiority. Boss of US Air Combat Command clearly said that F-35 was irrelevant without F-22 and a DoD SPX said it needed F-22, Typhoon or Rafale as protection. Well, Rafale being the only omnirole aircraft, as you can do you strike mission and air-superiority… Read more »