Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday (May 18) that he had completed the purchase of Russias S-400 defense system and that Turkey would also co-produce the S-500 missile defense system with Russia.
According to Reuters, U.S. officials called Turkeys plan to buy the S-400 missile defense system a major problem and said the cost was to sacrifice a joint F-35 production project with the United States because the incompatibility of the S-400 with the F-35 produced by Lockheed Martin would damage American fighters.
But Erdogan said at a television question-and-answer session with Istanbul university students that Turkey had already carried out the corresponding technical work and found that there were no incompatible problems.
They are now passing in midfield, showing some reluctance. But sooner or later we will receive F-35, refusing to transport F-35 is not a good choice. Erdogan said.
Reuters had previously reported that U.S. officials had told Turkey in early April that they would not ship F-35 fighter components to Turkey.
On March 28, U.S. lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill requiring the U.S. government to ensure that Turkey does not accept Russian S-400 air defense systems, otherwise it will prohibit the transport of U.S. F-35 fighters to Turkey. As a member of NATO, Turkey is one of the partners in the U.S. F-35 production plan. Sources say the United States is seeking to invest in F-35 production without Turkish components.
Russias S-400 air defense missile system is considered to be the most advanced Russian air defense system so far, but NATO has repeatedly criticized that the S-400 air defense missile system can not be compatible with NATO defense system. In addition to purchasing the S-400 air defense missile system from Russia, Turkey has planned to purchase 100 U.S. F-35 fighter planes, which, like advanced air defense missiles, are urgently needed equipment for Turkeys national air defense.
Source of this article: Peng Mei News Responsible Editor: Yao Wenguang_NN1682