Turkey Fly F-16 Jet for Russian S-400 Missile System Radar Test

ANKARA - Turkey is scheduled to fly F-16 fighter jets made in the United States (US). The aim is to test radars operated on the S-400 missile defense system made in Russia.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government is determined to operate this sophisticated defense weapon bought from Moscow despite opposition from Washington.

According to the military newspaper Milliyet, the Turkish military will fly its F-16 fighter jets near the Mürted Air Base on Monday and Tuesday to test the S-400 radar system.

The office of the Governor of Ankara had been late on Sunday that a trial flight would be carried out near the capital in the next two days.

"Within the scope of several projects carried out in coordination with the Defense Industry Presidency, F-16s and other aircraft belonging to the Turkish Air Force will conduct low and high altitude flight tests on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Ankara sky," the office said, as quoted by the Daily Sabah .
Russia has sent two S-400 system batteries to Turkey from July to September. Ankara bought the Moscow defense system weapons worth USD 2.5 billion in 2017.

The purchase of the Moscow missile system has been a tense point between Turkey and the United States for some time because Washington believes that the system is not compatible with NATO weapons systems, specifically F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Turkey, however, stressed that the S-400 will not be integrated into the NATO weapons system and will not pose a threat to the alliance.

Ankara security sources had previously stated that the Russian weapons system would be deployed in Ankara and would be fully operational by April 2020.