Turkey could consider buying Sukhoi Su-57 fifth generation fighter jets if the United States abandons a deal to sell F-35 aircraft to Ankara as punishment for procuring S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
Pro-government Turkish military experts voiced in favour of the Russian plane to local media over the weekend, an opinion which Ankara quickly said did not reflect the official view of the Turkish government "not yet."
Significantly, the Russian military tested a couple of Su-57 jets in a missile firing configuration in March over Syria,an exercise which raised eyebrows as the Su-57 is still at a prototype stage and generally prototypes are not flown in a hostile airspace. The move could an attempt to demonstrate its various prowess, including radar evading capability and networking with ground battle-stations, to potential customers.
"Indeed, they were there for a while. Two days. During that time, they completed a program of trials, including combat ones," Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu had commented then.
US politicians, including some Congressmen and Senators have come together demanding that Turkey be sanctioned for buying Russian military equipment despite being a part of NATO. Sanctioning Turkey means abandoning a deal to sell some 100 F-35 aircraft, for which Turkey has already started the acquisition process.
A US Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on May 24, including a measure to remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of US citizen Andrew Brunson besides purchasing S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
The United States will begin a high pressure lobbying and arm-twisting effort to force Turkey to abandon the S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia and buy US-made Patriots instead. Acting assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs Tina Kaidanow is expected to travel to Turkey next week to swing Ankara's decision in favor of the US Patriot missile defence system, Turkey's
Russia will accelerate the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to early 2020 upon a request from Ankara. "Turkey expressed a wish to accelerate its implementation and we managed to find the most appropriate solution as we agreed to accelerate the contracts implementation
Turkey and Russia have signed a loan agreement for the purchase of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems, TASS reports, citing Haberturk TV channel announcement on Friday. According to Kommersant daily report on December 27, Turkey will pay 45 percent of the cost up front, with Russia providing loans to cover the remaining 55 percent of the deal worth US$2
Russia will provide loans worth US$1.375 Billion to help Turkey pay for its purchase of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system
Russia has completed negotiations with Turkey for the sale of an S-400 air defense missile system, and has agreed to grant loan for the purchase. "All the issues have been resolved and I discussed this theme while literally entering this hall
A Turkish fighter pilot flew F-35 aircraft for the first time as part of the on-going training in the US, the Turkish General Staff was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. Early July, the Pentagon said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet in the state of Arizona
Russia had used its Su-57 fighter jet, currently under prototype testing, to detect US-made F-35 and F-22 stealth aircraft in Syria, a Russian lawmaker has said. The Su-57 had been deployed for a short time in the Syrian battlefield in February this year surprising many analysts as these aircraft are still under test and have not yet entered squadron service
Turkeys first indigenous aircraft carrier, the TCG Anadolu, is expected to be delivered to the Naval Forces Command in April 2021, Daily Sabah reports Wednesday. The TCG Anadolu, which is being produced with a local content ratio of 68 percent, will be one of the world's most advanced aircraft carriers
Russia has commenced tests of certain technologies of the yet-to-be-named sixth-generation manned-unmanned combat jet being developed as a follow on to the Su-57 fifth generation fighter aircraft. The tests involve control and navigation equipment besides weapons systems,
The United States Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 on Monday putting a question mark over the proposed sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. The NDAA obliges the Secretary of Defense to present a report regarding the potential purchase of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia by the Turkish government
Turkey will not depend on the US for air defense and use the S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries it plans to acquire from Russia ‘if necessary, Turkish President Erdogan said. “We will not just buy the S-400s and place them in a storehouse
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