Today, the White Home formally revealed that Turkey would not be permitted to acquire the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The United States federal government had actually cautioned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that his federal government’s purchase of S-400 surface-to-air rocket systems from Russia would be incompatible with NATO systems and would activate an exemption of Turkey from the F-35 program. Turkey was a monetary factor to the F-35 advancement program and currently had pilots in the United States in training to fly the airplane; those pilots were started United States training bases in June
United States and NATO partners are worried that the S-400 systems, supported by Russian professionals, will basically total up to an intelligence collection system for Russia on NATO airplane and military operations. However Erdoğa has actually been progressively marching far from NATO because the July 2016 coup effort versus his federal government. That coup caused the arrest of numerous military officers who were the foundation of the Turkish military and had long relationships with NATO partners. Previous head of the Turkish flying force Akin Ozturk was among over 2,000 previous members of the military provided life sentences.
In a speech on July 15 (the 3rd anniversary of the coup effort), Erdoğan invited the very first elements of S-400 systems to Turkey, stating that “the S-400 s are the greatest defense system versus those who wish to assault our nation … God ready, we are doing this as a joint financial investment with Russia and will continue to do so.” He included that “with God’s approval,” the rocket systems would be totally released by April 2020.
White Home Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham provided a declaration today revealing that the United States would end on providing the F-35 to Turkey. “Sadly, Turkey’s choice to acquire Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its ongoing participation with the F-35 difficult,” Grisham stated. “The F-35 can not exist together with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be utilized to find out about its sophisticated abilities.”
Grisham kept in mind that the United States had actually made numerous deals to accelerate shipment of United States PATRIOT air defense systems to Turkey to fulfill its air defense requirements however had actually been rebuffed by the Turkish federal government.
” Turkey has actually been a longstanding and relied on partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, however accepting the S-400 weakens the dedications all NATO Allies made to each other to move far from Russian systems,” Grisham stated. “This will have harmful influence on Turkish interoperability with the Alliance.”
Grisham acknowledged that the United States “still considerably values our tactical relationship with Turkey” which the relationship extends far beyond the F-35 “[W] e will continue to work together with Turkey thoroughly, conscious of restrictions due to the existence of the S-400 system in Turkey,” Grisham stated.
Part of what has actually driven Erdoğan’s choice to choose the S-400 system is that Turkey will acquire the innovation to construct S-400 systems itself. “Now our objective is co-producing with Russia,” Erdoğa stated. “We’ll do this. We’ll go even further.”