“Lockheed Martin will hold a rollout ceremony for Turkey this Thursday in Fort Worth, and the two jets will follow-on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona at a later date,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews told CNN.
“Turkish F-35 pilots and maintainers have arrived at Luke Air Force Base and will begin flight academics soon,” he added.
The U.S. Senate attempted to block the supply of the F-35 jets to Turkey after they signed a deal with Russia to purchase the S-400 air defense systems.
Due to the sanctions imposed on Russia, the U.S. has prohibited the purchase of any weapons from the Russians.
Turkey has rejected the U.S.’ calls to block the supply of the S-400 systems and criticized Washington for interfering with their national security.