Erdogan: Turkey to produce local Air Defense missiles

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Turkey has started work on making its first domestically produced long-range air defense missile system, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

The first delivery is planned for 2021, Reuters quoted him as saying. Ankara is also purchasing S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said last week that the installation of the S-400 missile system would begin in October, 2019, according to state-owned Anadolu news agency.

Turkey said earlier that the United States and other Western allies had failed to cooperate with it in its efforts to boost its defense capabilities.