Military Capabilities

Erdogan announces Turkey will co-produce S-500s with Russia

23 May 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on 18 May at a youth rally in Istanbul the future joint production with Russia of the S-500 Prometey (‘Prometheus’)/55R6M Triumfator-M (‘Triumphant-M’) fifth-generation air defence system, the state-funded Anadolu Press Agency has reported.

Potential collaboration between Moscow and Ankara on the S-500 system has been mooted since 7 May when Sergey Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec, welcomed partnership with Turkey on the project. “Our states have the competence to develop the technology in this area,” Chemezov said, stressing that Russia is ready to support Turkey’s defence industry.

Two months earlier Duma Defence Committee Deputy Chair Yuri Nikolaevich Shvytkin had confirmed military collaboration with Turkey but added that “existing agreements should be linked to strict performance adherence”.

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