Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Biden gives the green light to Turkey’s $20B F-16 buy

U.S. President Joe Biden has taken steps to initiate the formal notification process for the potential sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, pending Ankara’s completion of Sweden’s NATO accession process.

As reported by Reuters on January 24, President Biden conveyed his intention to congressional leaders in a letter addressed to key Capitol Hill committees. In this communication, he called on Congress to promptly approve the sale. A U.S. official indicated that Biden urged Congress to facilitate the sale “without delay.”

Prior to this formal notification, the White House had already communicated its support for the proposed $20 billion sale of F-16 aircraft and modernization kits to Turkey. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed that a letter from the White House had been sent to members of Congress, advocating for the sale.

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Turkey has expressed interest in acquiring 40 F-16 fighters and 80 modernization kits for its existing F-16 inventory.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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