WASHINGTON — Turkey’s state run news agency Anadolu on Wednesday published an infographic showcasing the capabilities of the country’s new Russian-acquired S-400 missile defense system — and its ability to shoot down U.S. aircraft.
The graphic from the NATO ally’s news agency explains that the new S-400 can hit targets at 400 km away at 4.8 km per second. The infographic also says it can eliminate U.S. aircraft such as the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, F-15, F-16, F-22 Raptor, and several other high tech U.S. aircraft.
Relations between Ankara and Washington have soured since Trump’s decision in May to arm Syrian Kurds in the fight against ISIS.
Ankara believes the Kurdish fighters are no different than the internationally designated terrorist group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
On multiple occasions, Turkey has threatened to conduct a military campaign against the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters.
Earlier this month, Turkey signed a deal with Russia to acquire the new S-400 air defense system from Russia, in yet another sign of Ankara’s pivot away from its NATO allies, according to a report from the BBC.
The deal is believed to be worth almost $2.5 billion.
Russia has several S-400 systems deployed throughout Syria. The system has yet to be tested despite numerous incursions by coalition and Israeli aircraft into the country.
Earlier this month, Israeli warplanes bombed a suspected Syrian chemical weapons and advanced missile base near the town of Masyaf in western Syria, according to the New York Times.
This is not the first time Anaduolu has published controversial material aimed at the U.S. Earlier this summer, the Turkish run news agency published locations of U.S. bases in Syria, according to a report from Military Times.
Amid growing tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, Turkish state-run media have published to locations of U.S. bases in Kurdish-controlled Syria.