The Pentagon has ordered $2.4 Billion worth F-35 jet parts from Lockheed Martin in a deal seen as a fallout of Turkey’s ejection from the F-35 program over S-400 row with the US.
“Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $2,426,326,544 for modification P00002 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-19-D-0015 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter initial spares for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers,” US DoD said in a statement Friday.
Spares to be procured include global spares packages, base spares packages, deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages and associated consumables.
"All orders are expected to be placed no later than December 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued," the release said.
The US kicked out Turkey from the F-35 programme after the country went ahead with its $2.5 billion purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia, irking Washington. About ten Turkish suppliers currently manufacture more than 900 F-35 part numbers, 400 of which are sole-sourced.
During his confirmation hearing in mid-July, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the roughly 300-strong fleet of F-35s is not expected to meet the Pentagon’s readiness assessment target, primarily due to shortages in key parts.
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
An air-to-surface cruise missile developed for the F-35 fighter jet could be used with Turkey's national combat aircraft and attack UAVs, besides offered to countries which are part of the F-35 program. Turkeys industry and technology minister, Mustafa Varank said on Saturday that the SOM-J cruise missile jointly developed by the US and Turkey, will be deployed on local air assets following Ankaras ouster from the F-35 program
Ankara has received the last four of 11 ordered Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters, US Embassy in Turkey announced on Wednesday. “Today, Turkish Land Forces took delivery of four more U
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