Turkish state-run media outlet Anadolu tweeted an image on Wednesday showcasing a Russian-made missile defense system recently acquired by Turkey as capable of shooting down a wide variety of American aircraft.
The Turkish government made headlines earlier this month after finalizing the weapons deal with Russia. The S-400 missile defense system fires surface-to-air missiles that can intercept aircraft and other missiles, and is reportedly Russia’s most advanced air defense system. NATO allies had voiced complaints that Turkey cutting weapons deals with the Russians is a bad move for the military alliance.
Turkish president Erdogan made the announcement official in July of this year, saying the governments of Turkey and Russia had been in discussion about the weapon acquisition since 2016. Turkey has wanted an effective air missile defense system for decades, historically relying on U.S. and other NATO allies to provide such protection.