No plane for you–.
Erdoğan’s welcome of Russian missiles puts nail in casket of F-35 buy.
Today, the White Home formally revealed that Turkey would not be allowed to buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The United States government had actually warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that his federal government’s purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia would be incompatible with NATO systems and would set off an exemption of Turkey from the F-35 program. Turkey was a financial factor to the F-35 development program and currently had pilots in the US in training to fly the aircraft; those pilots were started United States training bases in June
US and NATO partners are worried that the S-400 systems, supported by Russian professionals, will basically amount to an intelligence collection system for Russia on NATO aircraft and military operations. But Erdoğa has been steadily marching far from NATO since the July 2016 coup effort versus his federal government. That coup caused the arrest of many military officers who were the backbone of the Turkish military and had long relationships with NATO partners. Former head of the Turkish flying force Akin Ozturk was one of over 2,000 former members of the military provided life sentences.
In a speech on July 15 (the third anniversary of the coup attempt), Erdoğa welcomed the first components of S-400 systems to Turkey, saying that “the S-400 s are the greatest defense system versus those who wish to assault our nation … God prepared, we are doing this as a joint financial investment with Russia and will continue to do so.” He included that “with God’s permission,” the rocket systems would be totally deployed by April 2020.
White Home Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement today announcing that the US would end on delivering the F-35 to Turkey. “Sadly, Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its ongoing involvement with the F-35 difficult,” Grisham stated. “The F-35 can not coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to find out about its sophisticated capabilities.”
Grisham noted that the US had made several deals to expedite delivery of US PATRIOT air defense systems to Turkey to fulfill its air defense requirements but had been rebuffed by the Turkish government.
” Turkey has actually been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, however accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO Allies made to each other to move far from Russian systems,” Grisham stated. “This will have harmful impacts on Turkish interoperability with the Alliance.”
Grisham acknowledged that the United States “still considerably values our tactical relationship with Turkey” and that the relationship extends far beyond the F-35 “[W] e will continue to cooperate with Turkey extensively, mindful of restrictions due to the presence of the S-400 system in Turkey,” Grisham said.
Part of what has actually driven Erdoğan’s decision to opt for the S-400 system is that Turkey will gain the technology to develop S-400 systems itself. “Now our objective is co-producing with Russia,” Erdoğa said. “We’ll do this. We’ll go even further.”