US air force buys intended Turkey the F-35
USA buy destined Turkey the F-35 after the cancellation of the program of cooperation for their production due to the purchase by Ankara of the Russian s-400, according to the Pentagon.
Eight aircraft F-35A Lightning II will be repurchased under 862 million contract from the manufacturer Lockheed Martin "due to the removal of the Republic of Turkey of the F-35," says the message of the Pentagon. In addition, the deal included six cars for the U.S. air force.
Turkey had originally planned to buy about 100 F-35A, but were excluded from the program production and procurement after acquiring the s-400. American officials claim that the F-35 is incompatible with the s-400. Washington also threatened Ankara with sanctions for the purchase of s-400, but have not resorted to such measures.
It is unknown what the exact number of aircraft the F-35, built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey. Portal Defense News previously wrote that such aircraft can be 24. One plane of the flow of production is about 78 million dollars.
Deliveries of the newest Russian air defense systems s-400, which caused a crisis in Turkey's relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington has demanded to cancel the transaction and return to purchase American complexes Patriot, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of Turkey's newest F-35 fighter, as well as to impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA. Ankara has refused to compromise and continued negotiations on additional batch of s-400.