US could buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 under Senate proposal

Defense News: The U.S. would be able to buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 air defense system under legislation proposed in the Senate last week. It’s one powerful lawmaker’s apparent attempt to alleviate the impasse between Washington and Ankara over the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the purchase out of the U.S. Army missile procurement account. It comes a year after the U.S. has expelled its NATO ally from the multinational F-35 program because it received the S-400 in a $2.5 billion deal.

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