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Turkey May Not Need Russia’s S-400 Missile Defense, Manufacturer Says

Russia’s S-400 missile defense system

Russia’s S-400 missile defense system

Photographer: Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty Images 

Turkey might not need Russian S-400 batteries in order to protect itself as its homegrown equipment increasingly takes on that role, a major Turkish manufacturer said in comments likely to be welcomed by Washington.  

The chairman of defense equipment manufacturer Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi said Turkey was working to develop its own Siper missile-defense system which has hit targets at a range of 100 kilometers (60 miles) in tests.