The Pentagon reported to Congress a report on Turkey’s participation in the F-35

© Photo : Ministry of DefenceИстребители-bombers F-35 Lightning. Archive photoThe Pentagon reported to Congress a report on Turkey’s participation in the F-35© Photo : Ministry of Defence

The U.S. defense Department this week gave the Congress a report evaluating Turkey’s participation in the development of F-35 fighter, in which Ankara is planning to buy at least 100 aircraft, Anadolu Agency reports with reference to the representative of the military.

As stated by the Pentagon spokesman, Mike Andrews, the Agency «provided under the law on budgetary appropriations for the national defense (NDAA) report of the Secretary of defense on the F-35 to Congress in order to take a decision on further steps.» According to him, the next week, the Pentagon can provide «secret new information» about the report.

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. According to the Agency, the report contains an assessment of Turkey’s participation in this program and the risks that can represent the purchase by Turkey of the Russian complexes With-400.

As reported at the end of October this year the Minister of defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar, in March 2019 the US will give Turkey two of the F-35. 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 has been made to freeze at all.