and plan to sign a contract on the delivery of the second batch of the air defense systems in 2020, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday.

“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 the systems in 2021. The list of supplies will be similar to the one included in the first contract,” the source said.

According to the source, the new document is planned to stipulate local manufacturing as Turkish companies will produce certain components of the systems, “which are not of crucial importance.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and Rosoboronexport have declined to comment on this information.

First contract

The news about n-Turkish talks on the delivery of systems first came in November 2016. The contract’s signing was confirmed by .

In September 2017, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara had signed a contract with Moscow on purchasing the complexes and made an advance payment. Head of ’s Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov said that the delivery would begin in March 2020.

is the first member state to purchase this kind of air defense systems from .

International interest

In November 2014, it was announced that and China had signed a contract on supplies. In October 2016, signed an intergovernmental agreement to deliver systems to India.

According to media reports, Belarus, Vietnam, Egypt, , Kazakhstan, , Sudan, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries are also interested in purchasing these complexes.

system

The Triumf ( reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the most advanced long-range antiaircraft system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic s, including medium-range ones, and can also be used against ground objectives. The complex can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

Source: http://tass.com/defense/989931