Is the S-400 and F-35 compatible? Turkey ready to give U.S. technical evidence

By | July 29, 2020
Is the S-400 and F-35 compatible? Turkey ready to give U.S. technical evidence

The Turkish Defense Ministry assured the U.S. that it is technically ready to solve all problems on the American side regarding the compliance of S-400 and F-35 fighter jets.

Americans’ concern about the compatibility of Russian S-400 missile defense systems and the latest U.S. fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets in Turkey, the Turks themselves are ready to withdraw. In particular, the head of the Turkish Defense Ministry Hulusi Akar made a similar calming statement to Washington.

“We are technically ready to solve all the problems on the American side regarding compliance with the S-400/F-35,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

The head of the military department recalled that the Americans had previously suspended Turkey from the F-35 fighter program, which resulted in a number of risks. They touched both production and cost.

At the same time, the minister stressed that the security of F-35 technology is important for both Ankara and Washington.

Recall that the S-400 became a stumbling block in Turkish-American relations. Washington, under threat of sanctions, demanded that Turkey refuse to purchase Russian equipment. The formal pretext of American pressure was that the Russian S-400s are incompatible with the NATO air defense system.

Turkey responded by saying that it was a sovereign right to decide national security issues. According to Turkish politicians, NATO analogs S-400 are much more expensive and inferior in quality, and no one has provided a discount to Turkey, which is an active member of the Alliance. Therefore, the choice fell on Russian equipment. The U.S. then froze the transfer of F-35s to Turkey and halted a program to train Turkish pilots in piloting these fighter jets.