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.
“If Turkey is removed, the program would face an immediate blow to the production rate for new planes and place fresh stress on an already strained supply chain,” the plane’s program manager was quoted as saying by Breaking Defense.
A decision to drop Turkey from the F-35 program would have broad repercussions, since Ankara helps manufacture 6-7 percent of parts for the aircraft, including components of the landing gear, cockpit displays and aircraft engines.
“We would see within 45 to 90 days an impact of the slowing down or stopping of those parts to the three production lines,” the Vice Admiral added.
The plane’s manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, said that contracts with Turkish companies to build F-35 parts had been expected to reach $12 billion, media reports said.
“The loss of those parts would be felt acutely as the approximately 3,000 suppliers working on the F-35 are struggling with the demand signal on them as more planes enter service and older ones are increasingly in need of repair,” according to Winter.
The program office is planning to move parts production and repair to depots across the country so industry can focus on making new parts of jets on the assembly line, but with 395 F-35s in service globally, that has proven a challenge.
“The US is seeing if it is possible to have another alternative to the F-35 engine overhaul depot somewhere in Europe, that is currently based in Eskisehir, Turkey,” a source was quoted as saying by Reuters in March.
On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed that it had stopped parts shipments to Turkey for the F-35 in retaliation for the impending purchase of the Russian S-400 on grounds that the US will be compromising the security of the F-35 aircraft if Turkey has both, the American jet and Russian S-400 missile defense system.
“Secondary sources of supply for Turkish-produced parts are now in development,” Acting Chief Pentagon Spokesman Charles Summers said in a statement.”
“I expect them (F-35s) to be delivered to Turkey,” Acting US Secretary Patrick Shanahan said this week.
First two Turkish F-35s were delivered to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona Wednesday for conducting the training of pilots. Another F-35 will be delivered Friday, officials confirmed Thursday.
“The training will continue at Luke Air Force Base,” Charles Summers said.
The US tried persuading Ankara to purchase Raytheon’s Patriot Systems.
“The S-400 contract with Russia is a done deal. It cannot be cancelled,” according to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
“Turkey has proposed to the US that they form a working group to determine that Russian S-400 missile defense systems do not pose a threat to US or NATO military equipment,” Cavusoglu told Reuters Wednesday.
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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
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
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NATO has positively approached Turkey's proposal to form a joint working group to ease concerns over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Friday. “We still haven't heard back from the US but NATO has approached our proposal positively,"
Lockheed Martin is working on achieving a $25,000 Cost per Flight Hour (CPFH) for its F-35 joint strike fighter by 2025. The CPHF target is comparable to the cost to sustain legacy aircraft, while providing a generational leap in capability; a Lockheed Martin release said adding that the target will be deliver 80 percent mission capable rates in the near term
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
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