The United States wants Turkey to remain in the F-35 fighter jet program and purchase the Patriot missile defense system, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Tuesday.
"We absolutely do; we need Turkey to buy the Patriot," Shanahan answered when he was asked whether America wanted Turkey in the F-35 program.
America has been trying to persuade Turkey to buy Raytheon’s Patriot defense system, instead of the S-400. According to the US, it would be compromising the security of Lockheed Martin aircraft if Turkey has both, the American jet and Russian missile defense system.
The US even threatened to cancel Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter jet program and also impose sanctions on it if Ankara persists on its planned purchase of Russian air defense systems earlier this month.
But, a decision to drop Turkey from the F-35 program would have broad repercussions, since Ankara helps manufacture parts for the aircraft, including components of the landing gear, cockpit displays and aircraft engines.
The country has so far remained unfazed in the face of threats from Washington. Turkey will become the first NATO member to acquire the system.
"Turkey will not go back on the purchase of the S-400 systems from Russia, regardless of what the US says," Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey said Sunday.
During last week, reports suggested that the US was considering halting the delivery of the jets to its NATO ally. It was also checking if there was an alternative to the F-35 engine overhaul depot somewhere in Europe, that is currently based in Eskisehir, Turkey.
The United States (US) may stop the delivery of fifth-generation F-35 multirole jet to Turkey if Ankara persists on buying Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. It would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the US-made advanced aircraft and Russias S-400 air defense system,
The United States has threatened to cancel Turkeys participation in the F-35 fighter jet program and also impose sanctions on it if Ankara persists on its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems. “Weve long made it clear we would like to work collaboratively on air and missile defense with Turkey, and we have offered opportunities for Turkey to consider Patriot among other systems over the years
The Turkish Foreign Minister has stated that Ankara is ready to consider buying the Patriot missile defense systems from the United States in the future but does not agree to the precondition by Washington to abandon buying S-400 from Russia. "Turkey may buy Patriot systems in the future
The United States has secured two Patriot missile systems sales deals, one with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for $2.728 Billion and another with Bahrain for $2
Turkey can produce components for the Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Russia's Presidential spokesperson said Thursday. "We are not talking about the complete production chain, as it is a new type of weapon
Turkey may order another set of S-400 air defence systems from Russia if the United States refuses to supply Patriot air defense system to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV channel on Wednesday. "If the US does not want to sell Patriot to us, tomorrow we may buy another S-400 system and we also can purchase other air defense systems," Cavusoglu said adding that a proposal made to the US on setting up a technical working group to iron out differences over the S-400 had not received any response, he noted
Rate of production of F-35 fighters will be slowed down if the United States (US) drops its NATO-ally Turkey from the F-35 programme, Vice Admiral Mathias Winter told Congress Thursday. “The evaluation of stopping Turkey would be between 50- and 75-airplane impact over a two-year period,” Winter said
The United States is working with India to offer an alternative to the Russian S-400 Triumf missile defence system, but it ruled out the possibility of the country punishing India if it chooses the Russian systems, Assistant Defence Secretary Randall Schriver said Wednesday. "I think it would be an unfortunate decision if they chose to pursue that", he told the House of Representatives Armed Forces Committee in Washington during a hearing on US Military Activities in Indo-Pacific region
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