Russian S-400 air defense systems
Ankara will begin the deployment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense systems in October 2019, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, adding that Ankara had started recruiting military personnel to maintain the complexes.
“The deployment of these systems will begin in October 2019. We are currently recruiting personnel to maintain these complexes. These people will go to Russia in early 2019 to receive necessary training,” Akar said, as cited by the Milliyet daily. However, the Turkish defense minister did not specify areas where the S-400 systems would be deployed, only saying that work was underway.