The acquisition of another system besides the Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-57 fighters is being negotiated by Turkey for acquisition from Russia. It may be difficult or even impossible to obtain the two above mentioned fighters for many reasons, but acquiring a Russian-made electronic warfare system is a different matter.
First of all, acquiring a Russian-made electronic warfare system does not require the enormous preparation and infrastructure needed to integrate into the Turkish arsenal as indeed would a new Russian fighter.
On the other hand, the acquisition of a Russian electronic warfare system has a primary purpose in dealing with Western and American weapons systems, whether they are aircraft, helicopters, or communications aircraft.
Therefore, although the spotlight has fallen on Erdogan’s plans to eventually acquire Russian fighters, Turkey’s new potential Russian arms market from Russia will be an electronic warfare system designed to neutralize NATO weapons and telecommunications systems.
It should be noted that when 20 years ago the then Greek Minister of National Defense, Akis Tsochatzopoulos, tried to buy Russian electronic warfare systems, the US vetoed and stopped the process.
Will the US also show similar sensitivity in the case of Turkey, or will this potential sale be “hushed up” because of President Trump’s sympathy for his totalitarian Turkish counterpart?