Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Ankara intended to buy 120 US-made F-35 fighter jets amid speculations that the transfer might be halted.

“We will buy 120 F-35 aircraft produced by the United States. Some of the components for the aircraft are produced in Turkey,” Erdogan said, speaking at a rally in Istanbul, which was aired by the NTV broadcaster.

The president’s statement comes after Erdogan’s aide Ibrahim Kalin told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of the Doha Forum that Ankara had doubts that the United States may cancel the deliveries of its F-35 fighters to Turkey if the latter buys the Russian air defense system S-400.

Earlier, US officials have warned that if Ankara goes ahead with its plans to purchase the S-400 systems, the United States could withhold the transfer of F-35 jets to Turkey.

In addition, the US Congress has passed legislation that would block the transfer of the jets.
On December 5, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu noted that Ankara did not see any problems with the supply of F-35 fighter jets.
The first two F-35 fighter jets were transferred to Turkey at defence contractor Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas in June.
According to Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, the United States will hand over two more F-35s in March 2019.
The purchase is made under the US-sponsored multinational F-35 development program, which Ankara joined in 2002.
Source: Sputnik
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Whaddaya want that junk for, Erdogan? Is it a bribe to pay off the Yanks? Because that is a very poor investment. They simply cannot be trusted to either keep a verbal/handshake deal or even a signed, UNSC-certified legal agreement for that matter. This is a dangerous game to play, methinks.

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Of course it is a bribe. But it shows the Kurds that they can’t trust the US. It also gives Erdogan 120 overpriced, useless jets. The F-35 is as clunky as the Harrier jet – it is designed for vertical takeoff and landing, but Turkey has no carriers to use that feature.

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The Sultan plans to bribe all. Russian secrets about SS 400 go to the Yank Emperor. And Yanks F 35 secrets go to the Czar.

p.s. The Czar already promised a Rubel based loan so that the Sultan can afford the SS 400. I wonder what the US Emperor will donate in military aid to the broke neo-Ottoman Sultanate .

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How is the Sultan gonna pay for 120 pieces of shiet worth 95 million $ each?

LOL.

He cannot even pay in US $ for his future SS 400 and needs a loan in Russian Rubel. And his US partners will certainly insist on payment in US $ not Turk Lira. Or does he get the 120 donated as military aid?