Monday, June 27, 2022

Turkey to take delivery its first F-35 fighter jets in 2019

Turkey expects to take delivery of its first Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets in 2019, Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretary Ismail Demir told broadcaster NTV on Monday.

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Under the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, Turkey has committed to procure a total of 116 aircraft. Turkey placed its first Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets order in 2014 under its low-rate initial production 10 program.


Turkey’s procurement and military officials are hoping to build a new-generation, dual-fighter jet fleet by their country’s centennial, 2023, comprising of the F-35 and an indigenous aircraft, known as TFX, that Ankara has been designing.

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