The United States could spend $30 million to store the F-35 stealth fighter jets meant for Turkey until an alternative use for them is found.
On Tuesday, US Congress approved defense budget for 2020, under which the Congress gave the defense secretary discretion to spend up to $30 million to store the fifth-generation jets until a plan for their use was formalized.
Ankara was denied F-35 following its $2.5 billion S-400 deal with Russia. Washington views this as a threat to its military hardware, since the air defense system requires "sensitive" information of friendly aircraft to be stored in order for it to be identified as friend or foe.
Both Democrats and Republicans have stated that Ankara’s purchase could entail sanctions under the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act.
Turkey has already said that it will look at other options if the F-35 stealth jet was denied to them. "If the US fails to supply the F-35 to us, Russia may offer its alternative to US aircraft," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by A Haber TV channel on Wednesday.
Russia and Turkey have both established new military bases in northern Syria. The Russian Armed Forces have evidently set up the base in the border city of Amuda in the Al Hasakah Governorate, reports Al-Masdar News
Turkey has expressed its disappointment with European nations move of imposing
Turkish Aerospace unveiled the first locally assembled T-70 Black Hawk helicopter built under the $3.5 billion
Lockheed Martin to Prepare Service Infrastructure for Over 3000 F-35 Stealth Jets The US F-35 Jet sustainment office awarded a $1.9 billion contract to service 490 jets already delivered and prepare the infrastructure for an eventual deployment of 3,000 aircraft, Lockheed Martin announced in a press release
The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts worth $2.1 billon combined to provide logistics support for the Navys F-35 fleet, and to supply long lead components for the production of new jets
Lockheed Martin delivered 134th F-35 fighter jet to the United States and its allies, and plans to deliver 141 more in 2020. The number of aircraft delivered has exceeded the 2019 target delivery goal of 131 jets
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is set to deliver the new Aksungur combat drones, derived from TAIs Anka, to Turkey in January 2020. “TAIs new Aksungur unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be delivered to Turkish security forces within the first month of 2020,” Temel Kotil, CEO of TAI, was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency on Monday
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have taken the delivery of two weapon carrier vehicles, Kaplan and Pars, at a ceremony held at FNSS Defense Systems facility in the Gölbaşı district, Ankara, on Wednesday. The Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) awarded FNSS Defense Systems a contract for 260 vehicles- 76 Pars 4×4 and 184 Kaplan ATVS, in June 2016
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