© Photo : Ministry of DefenceИстребители-bombers F-35 Lightning. Archive photo© Photo : Ministry of Defence
The US will give Turkey two F-35 in March 2019, said the Minister of defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar on Thursday.
«Due to (purchases from Russia) s-400 we had some difficulty with America, but now the political and military conditions are such that any negative situation there is no question. When the aircraft will be delivered to Turkey, they will be placed at the airbase in Malatya. There is ongoing intensive work on the creation of appropriate infrastructure. Everything goes according to plan. The third and fourth aircraft will be transferred in March next year», — quotes Akara newspaper Yeni Safak.
Turkey intends to purchase at least 100 F-35 Lightining II. Purchase is made under a multinational program development of the F-35 under the auspices of the United States to which the Ankara joined in 2002.
Previously the company of the American company Lockheed Martin in Fort worth, Texas, the ceremony of transfer of the first two F-35 Turkey. As stated by RIA Novosti the representative of the Secretariat of the defense industry of Turkey, Ankara transferred to the F-35 will remain in the US until November 2019 for the training of Turkish pilots.
Earlier it was reported that the U.S. Congress intends to suspend the delivery of F-35 Turkey because of Ankara’s plans to purchase Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400. The senators have made in the defense budget amendment, according to which the Secretary of defense shall make the report on assessment of the potential of «significant changes» in the supply of aircraft in Turkey. Until then, until the report is ready, the delivery is proposed to be frozen at all.