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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:13 AM

GOP Senator Seeks Amendment Allowing the U.S. to Buy Russian Defense System

https://www.newsweek.com/us-could-buy-russian-defense-system-turkey-senate-proposal-1514305

BY JAMES WALKER ON 6/30/20 AT 6:50 AM EDT

The U.S. could be permitted to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense system from Turkey under a Senate amendment proposed last week.

Under the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 proposed by Senate Majority Whip John Thune, the U.S. Army would be able to purchase the S-400 missile defense system from Turkey, provided the country certified that money from the purchase would not be used to buy equipment deemed "incompatible" with the NATO alliance.

The proposal, first covered by Defense News, offers a potential remedy to tensions between Washington and Ankara over the country's purchase of the air defense system last year.

Shortly after Turkish officials accepted the Russian military technology, the U.S. removed Ankara from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program and originally threatened to withdraw Turkey's production work on the aircraft by March this year.

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Dennis Donovan Jun 30 OP
2naSalit Jun 30 #1
marble falls Jun 30 #2
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soothsayer Jun 30 #6
Laelth Jun 30 #7
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:16 AM

1. Oh that a good idea...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:16 AM

2. Catch-22 finally caught up with us. Senator Milo Minderbinder has such a nice ring to it.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:19 AM

3. Thune is telling Putin...

"those bounties must have cost you a pretty penny...here's a missile defense system...consider this a rebate...no hard feelings, big guy"

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:21 AM

4. Wow



Really

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:28 AM

5. This sounds like a gun buyback program to get weapons off the street.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:29 AM

6. Russia. Turkey. Berman's firing.

Bit of a tangled web.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:29 AM

7. Bad timing.

This amendment should go down in flames.

-Laelth

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:37 AM

8. This isn't the worst idea ever tbh.

I doubt we’d ever field a Russian SAM battery in an operational way, but the Russians have invested heavily in missile based air defense. Something the US hasn’t really done in the recent past as we’ve relied on stealth technology and the lack of our competitors investing in it to protect US air space.

We do have a low altitude stinger based missile system, and we’ve purchased a Norwegian Surface to air conversion of the air to air AMRAAM and deployed it to protect Washington DC. But those are only effective at a relatively low altitude. The Russian S300 and S400 missile systems are much longer range and much more highly regarded missile systems.

The Patriot missile system is hot garbage, and the THAAD is more focused on ballistic missile defense.

If we could get our hands on them, take them apart, figure out how it works, we’d cut years of development time (and billions of dollars) off of a SAM program of our own. The S400 is a 4th generation long range air defense system. Getting our hands on it would be a boon technologically, and a giant slap in the face to Russia and their “Turkish” alliance. Even if we paid double, triple or quadruple what the Turks paid.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:46 AM

9. We get access to to a complete Russian SAM system plus get to sell F35s to Turkey

this would be a good move if we can pull it off.

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