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    Ankara is still considering the purchase of Russia's advanced S-400 missile systems as part of the effort to boost Turkey's missile defense, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Dirioz said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.

    "Turkey is considering various options for its missile defenses, including the S-400, but no decision has been made yet," Dirioz said.

    The S-400 is Russia's next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

    Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.

    The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)
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    The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)


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