BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The first US-manufactured F-35 fighter jets have been delivered to Turkey, Lockheed Martin announced during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas today.
According to a report from the Daily Sabah, the first two F-35 fighter jets were already delivered to Turkey and will be deployed to the eastern province of Malatya by 2019, with another delivery set for 2020.
Between 2020 and 2024, Turkey will receive a total of 28 F-35 fighter jets in order to complete their order of 30.
A partner of the F-35 joint strike fighter program, Turkey had initially ordered ten F-35 fighter jets, but later increased their purchase order.
This F-35 delivery has caused a lot of problems between the U.S. and Turkey recently, as the former threatened to block the transfer of these jets after Ankara went through with acquiring the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.