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 Ankara’s participation in the F-35 program.
The assessment also includes potential elimination of participation of Turkey in the F-35 program. The NDAA has expressed concerns over the issue of wrongful detention of US citizens in Turkey including Pastor Andrew Brunson and Serkan Golge and has asked for immediate release.
Lockheed Martin rolled out the first F-35 fighters meant for Turkey in Fort Worth on June 21 this year. The US Senate had voted 85-10 for the annual National Defense Authorization Act during the proposal stage.
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.
"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 at the start of this month.
“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 had said.
“The final piece of legislation will exempt just three countries—India, Indonesia, and Vietnam—from a robust sanctions regime enacted and imposed last year,” Sen.
Jim Inhofe Republican Senator from Oklahoma, who helped craft the annual defense bill as part of the House Armed Services Committee was quoted as saying by the Daily Beast Monday.
Turkey is likely to face Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for buying Russian S-400 missile defense system.
The United States is reportedly offering to sell Raytheon-built Patriot missile defense system to Turkey as an alternative to block potential sale of Russian-built S-400s agreed upon by Ankara. U
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
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
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
Turkey has test-fired Smart Micro Munition (MAM-L) from an MALE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Anka-S using a satellite. The MAM-L munition developed by Roketsan has a range of 8-14 km
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