The United States expelled Turkey from the F-35 program and blocked the sale of about 100 ordered stealth jets as a result of Israel’s effective lobbying of the same, Israeli media have reported.
Officials from Jerusalem are said to have pressured Washington behind the scenes to oust Ankara from fighter jet program in bid to preserve military qualitative edge, Channel 12 reported Wednesday.
With the successful S-400 purchase, Turkey gained advanced air capabilities. Just as in the case with the US authorities, Israeli officials too were perturbed that details of aircraft fed into the Russian system to enable it to distinguish between friend or foe could “leak to neighbouring countries.”
The White House has said that the American fighter jet program “cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities.”
Contrary to the US and Israeli claims, Turkey has said that the S-400 will not pose a threat to the American warplane, and has urged the US to do a one-eighty on its decision to axe its participation in the program.
Ankara has pumped in nearly $1.2 billion worth of investment in the fighter program. The country has manufactured nearly 900 components of the F-35.
Israel has so far agreed to purchase 50 of the fifth-generation fighters. The country received 2 new F-35 “Adir” fighters in July 2019, taking the total number of aircraft currently with the Israeli forces to 16.
Russia has completed training the Chinese military personnel on the use of S-400 air defense systems and has planned to deliver second batch of the systems to Turkey in 2020. Moscow began shipping the S-400s to China, contract for which was signed in 2014, earlier this month
Russia has completed the initial deliveries of its S-400 air defense system by supplying the first shipment of the systems to Turkey, Turkish military officials said on 25 July. “Second shipment is now being planned to arrive in Ankara,” the officials added
The eighth plane carrying components of Russian S-400 air defence systems arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday. “The delivery of S-400 parts to Turkey continues
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Turkey is set to welcome the second batch of Russia's S-400 air defence systems in this month or in September, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday. "Work on choosing the deployment site and on installing S-400 air defence systems continues
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Future armored vehicle technologies including artificial intelligence and stealth capability were unveiled by three Israel firms- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elbit and Rafael, on Sunday. The ministry launched the Carmel armored fighting vehicle (AFV) project three years ago under its Weapons Development Administration
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