Even as training of Turkish pilots and maintenance crew of F-35 aircraft has commenced in the United States, their ultimate transfer to Turkish soil could take up two years.
"Turkish F-35 Pilots and maintainers have already arrived at Luke Air Force base," Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning was quoted as saying by Anadolu Monday.
“The US will maintain the custody of the aircrafts until it is transferred to partner countries and it will normally occur after the partner training is complete which will take approximately one to two years,” Manning said.
The company rolled out the F-35 fighters in Fort Worth on June 21 and the jets will now move on to Luke Air Base in Arizona where Turkish F-35 pilots and technicians will receive training until November 2019.
The ceremony occured just a couple of days after the Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill including an amendment prohibiting the sales of the F-35s to Turkey. The US Senate voted 85-10 for the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which stipulates that US President Donald
Turkey has been a partner of the active development program of the US-led multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program since the early 2000s and plans to upgrade its air defense with around 100 F-35s in the next decade.
Pentagon Spokesperson Lieut. Col. Mike Andrews, said the Pentagon "does not comment on proposed legislation" and Turkish pilots will continue training as long as "something" has not changed.
"The Senate voted to block. Now the Congress gets a vote, the president gets a vote," Andrews said in a response to a question about Pentagon's next-state plan.
"What you asking me is to speculate.So all I can tell you is at the program right now -- they will continue to fly".
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 has vowed to retaliate if the United States sanctions Russian S-400 missile purchase, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a diplomatic meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington early this week. "If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate," Cavusoglu said Sunday
A senior State Department official has warned that Turkeys purchase of Russian S-400 missiles could reflect negatively on several U.S
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will take delivery of the first of 30 US-built F-35 fighters on June 21 in a ceremony that will be held in the U.S
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
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has unveiled the prototype of a twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter that will perform its test flight later this year. The prototype of T625 helicopter, which is made to efficiently endure adverse weather conditions, has been transferred to a facility for the ground tests, Anadolu Agency reported Sunday
A British Royal Air Force (RAF) servicewomans dating profile was hacked by an unidentified third party for extracting classified information of the US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, Daily Mail reports. According to the report, the hacked Tinder profile of an RAF airwoman was used by a spy posing as an air force member to honey trap other crewmembers working on the F-35 fighter jet project, and it has been reported that at least one of the servicemen revealed details about the project
The United States National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 bill released Monday has prohibited the delivery of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the delivery of a report, which would include an assessment of changes in Ankaras participation in the F-35 program. The assessment also includes potential elimination of participation of Turkey in the F-35 program
There have been no official reactions from NATO at the summit in Brussels regarding Turkeys S-400 missile defense systems purchase from Russia. The NATO summit held on 11 and 12 July 2018 focussed majorly on the U
Turkey will receive deliveries of Teber laser guidance kit for MK-82 and Mk-81 bombs starting this month, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries of Turkey (SSM) said. “Deliveries of the TEBER laser guidance kit, which increases the hit accuracy of MK-82 bombs dropped from our aircrafts, will start this month,” SSM tweeted Wednesday
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