Turkish President Erdogan: F-35 Project Would Collapse Without Turkey


Reuters: Erdogan says F-35 project would collapse without Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that an F-35 fighter jet project would collapse if Turkey did not participate, and that it would be an injustice to exclude Ankara over its plan to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system.

Turkey’s announcement has strained its ties with Washington, which has said it would compromise the security of Lockheed Martin F-35 jets and warned of potential U.S. sanctions.

Like other NATO allies of Washington, Turkey is both a prospective buyer and a partner in production of the F-35, which has been beset by cost overruns and delays, and entered service in the United States in 2015.

Ankara has proposed a working group with the United States to assess the impact of the S-400s, but says it has not received a response from U.S. officials.

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WNU Editor: The F-35 will survive without Turkey. As for President Erdogan's insistence that Turkey should be permitted to buy the F-35, I think he has to do a lot more to get the waiver that he wants.

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