MOSCOW, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Russia and Turkey plan to sign a contract on the delivery of the second batch of S-400 air defense missile systems in 2020, reported Russia's news agency TASS.
"After the delivery of the first batch concludes in May or June 2020, the parties plan to sign a new contract on the delivery of the second batch of S-400 systems in 2021. The list of supplies will be similar to the one included in the first contract," a military diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday.
According to the source, the new document is planned to stipulate local manufacturing as Turkish companies will produce certain components of S-400 systems, "which are not of crucial importance."
Meanwhile, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and Rosoboronexport have declined to comment on this information.
The news about Russian-Turkish talks on the delivery of S-400 systems first came in November 2016. The contract's signing was confirmed by Russia.
In September 2017, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara had signed a contract with Moscow on purchasing the S-400 complexes and made an advance payment. Head of Russia's Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov said that the delivery would begin in March 2020.....