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.

 

 

 

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prince teutonic

So what changed? Were U.S. Bluffing? Or F-35s are total c**p so they needed to dump them on turkey…

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Yes to both, its a pr stunt for a c**p plane.

Also, this article is misleading. The plane was handed over in a photo opp in Texas. The plane is stilll in Texas. From there it will be flown by US pilots to a base in Arizona where the Turks will be trained on it for the next year or so.

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Not delivered before 2019 😉 IMHO, as Turkey builds the electric wiring+interconnection system and some airframe structure and parts of the center fuselage, knowing Erdolf, he must have threatened to block any delivery… Well, will need a little time to switch to other suppliers, so it may be a way to drown the fish, waiting to compensate from 10 others subcontractors? Turkey is also slated to provide maintenance support to other European customers in the future (!). While Mattis wants to deliver… What happened was a ceremony of delivery since the ban stil isn’t in place : Senate already voted… Read more »

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Fake news.

1. The (2) jets will not leave the US until at least 2019
2. The (2) jets are non-functional, and cannot fly without additional hardware and tech support, both of which are denied and are not part of the transfer.

The US has informed Turkey that the jets will never fly.

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Well, the ceremony did happen, now the congress has to vote on the acceptance of delivery or not and it smells the ‘no delivery’ big league. Any way, with Erdogan’s erratic behaviour and the fact he’s in bed with everybody while at the same time attempting to blackmail many when he doesn’t threatens or insults… e.g. Turkish MIT (intelligence service) is now indicted for TERRORISM in France and attempted murders in Germany. Turkey may have been a reliable partner for decades, it’s obviously no more the case. “The US has informed Turkey that the jets will never fly.” => Well,… Read more »

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Truth is Turkey is playing the role of a rebel within NATO to try and deceive Russia that it is “independent” from the Western colonial imperialist conglomerate. Turkey is all immersed in the murderous Western Zionist cabal and at one point it will reveal its true colours as it did when it downed the Russian SU24. Thing is, that even Russia seems to be on board of this sinister Zionist cabal agenda at the expense of Syria and the Syrian people.