The Pentagon Will Buy F-35 Fighters From Turkey Due To The Supply Of Russian S-400 SAMs
The United States will buy F-35 fighters intended for Turkey after canceling the joint program for their products due to Ankara's purchase of Russian s-400 SAMs.
We are talking about eight aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corporation for Turkey under a contract for $862 million. As part of this deal, the US planned to supply Turkey with six more F-35A fighters. In total, Turkey intended to purchase 100 such aircraft. In 2018, a ceremony took place for the transfer of the first two fighters, Turkish pilots have already begun training at an airbase in Arizona, but the US planes have not arrived in Turkey.
The reason for the failure of the contract was the delivery of four Russian S-400 systems to Turkey for about $2.5 billion. The contract with Moscow was signed in July 2017. The first stage of deliveries took place in the summer of 2019, and the second and final stage — in the fall. Washington is convinced that Russian systems are incompatible with the defense of NATO and pose a threat to American f-35 fighters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would not give up the S-400.
In response to the purchase of Ankara, Washington excluded Turkey from the program to create F-35 fighters and set a condition for it to purchase the Patriot air defense system. The Pentagon said that Ankara would not receive American complexes until it returns to Russia the s-400 acquired.