October 31, 2018 / 1:12 PM / 15 days ago

Turkey to produce long-range air defence missiles, Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, October 30, 2018. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has started work on making its first domestically produced long-range air defence missile system and the first delivery is planned for 2021, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Turkey is also purchasing S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia. State-owned Anadolu news agency quoted Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying last week that the installation of the S-400 missile system would begin in October, 2019.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans

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