Turkey, Russia could launch joint production of fighter jets, air defense systems
Russia and Turkey intend to intensify defense cooperation, including in the production of military aircraft.
"One of the most important steps in relations with Russia is the joint production [of S-400 complexes]. There was a lot of gossip on this topic, to which we paid not a slightest bit of attention. Our solidarity in this area – we seek to extend it to all the other areas of defense industry. It could also be on military aircraft," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Zhukovskoye outside Moscow, according to a UNIAN correspondent in Russia.
The two leaders met at MAKS 2019 Airshow.
According to Erdogan, now the second stage of the supply of Russian S-400 air defense systems is now underway, as well as personnel training.
In turn, Putin said he had discussed with his Turkish counterpart cooperation on the Su-35 fighter and " possible work even on the new Su-57 aircraft."
"We have many opportunities; we have demonstrated new weapons systems and new e-warfare systems. In my opinion, many things are interesting to our Turkish partners, not only in terms of acquisition, but also in terms of joint production," Putin said.