Turkey, US Negotiating New-Generation F-16 Fighter Jets Sale To Ankara – Reports

ANKARA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 01st May, 2022) Turkey and the United States are at present engaged within the negotiations on the sale of US new technology F-16 fighter jets to Ankara, Turkish media reported.

The nations are holding negotiations on modernization of the present plane and procurement of recent-technology plane, Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit reported on Saturday, including that Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin is anticipated to go to the US within the coming days the place he’ll talk about the sale of the F-16s with members of Congress.

In 2019, the US suspended Turkey’s participation in its F-35 program over Ankara’s buy of the Russian S-400 air protection system and later fully eliminated it from the venture.

Despite harsh backlash from the US and NATO over the acquisition, Turkey has insisted that it’s going to proceed to make use of the S-400s.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later introduced that the US prompt that Ankara procure the fourth technology of the F-16 fighter jets as an alternative of the fifth technology F-35s. The US Congress has but to approve the deal whereas the US State Department is lobbying for it convincing congressmen that it’s going to “serve Washington’s interests.”

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