Turkey on Oct. 6 sent its S-400 missile defense systems to the Black Sea province of Sinop for testing.
Sources told Bloomberg that the country is planning to conduct a comprehensive test of the S-400 systems next week.
The air force isn’t activating the batteries, but testing equipment and the personnel are ready at a site in Sinop, the sources said.
A NOTAM to close the airspace for 10 days was also issued for the Sinop Airport.
Footage on social media showed the systems being transported.
Ten British-made Banshee target drones will reportedly be used to test S-400s.
Turkey’s decision to acquire the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems has caused a sharply negative reaction from the United States and NATO as a whole. The U.S. insists that Turkey must give up the Russian air defense systems.
Because Turkey said that it will not give up the S-400 systems, Washington excluded Ankara from the U.S. program of developing the fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bomber.
On Oct. 5, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 systems poses a risk to NATO and can lead to U.S. sanctions.