Turkey: We will find alternatives to US jet fighters

19.06.2018, Ankara.

Turkey will find alternatives to F-35 fighter jets, said Binali Yildirim, the Turkish Prime Minister, on June 19, RIA Novosti reports.

The US Senate’s decision to end Turkey’s participation in the F-35 production program forces Ankara to seek a replacement for US fighters.

“This is an unfortunate development. But Turkey will not be left without an alternative. We regret such actions taken by the US Senate; they contradict the spirit of strategic partnership”, said the Turkish Prime Minister.

Turkey, along with other NATO countries, is investing into development and manufacturing of F-35, the fifth-generation of US jet fighters.

A total of 11 billion dollars were supposed to be invested. At the moment, Ankara has spent 800 million dollars in order to receive one hundred US-made F-35 jets.

An agreement to supply Turkey with S-400 Russian-made air defense missile systems was signed in December 2017 between Moscow and Ankara and caused the US Senate’s decision to stop supplying Turkey with fighter jets.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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