Washington is considering the possibility of replacing Turkey in the framework of the program of creation of the fighter-bomber F-35 in connection with the desire of Ankara to buy Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400. This was stated by Deputy defense Minister Ellen Lord.”We have been working for some time, considering alternative sources currently in Turkey within the F-35 supply chain,” she said, commenting on Ankara’s plans to buy the S-400.
The Deputy Minister added that the American side continues to work with Turkey. The Pentagon expressed the hope that the Turkish authorities will use for its air defense system that meets the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance.
Lord also said that the exclusion of Turkey from the program of creation of F-35 can lead to an increase in the cost of production of aircraft.
“We see that there may be a potential slowdown in supplies over the next two years, it can also potentially affect the cost,” said us Deputy Defense Minister.
According to her, Washington believes that they can “minimize both of these factors.”