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MCentaur

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US halts F35 parts shipment to Turkey
« on: April 02, 2019, 05:32:53 PM »
Erdogan has gotten TOO close to Putin. Turkey's imminent purchase of the S-400 system from Russia has made fellow NATO members, as well as several US officials, quite uneasy. Erdogan may be trying to play both sides, but it is losing him support within the alliance.

Perhaps it is time to re-examine Turkey's membership in this alliance?

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US Halts Shipment of F-35 Equipment to Turkey
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk

The United States has halted shipments of F-35A Joint Strike Fighter equipment to Turkey after the NATO ally refused to back down from its intent to purchase the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system.


"We very much regret the current situation facing our F-35 partnership with Turkey, and the [Defense Department] is taking prudent steps to protect the shared investments made in our critical technology," Acting Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Charles Summers said in a statement Monday.

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Re: US halts F35 parts shipment to Turkey
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 06:38:44 PM »
Hmm. Seems part of the deliveries have continued...

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Air Force Receives More F-35s for Turkey; Pilot Training Continues 

    Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)
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    Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk
    Deliveries of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters for the Turkish pilot training program continue, despite the halt of equipment shipments to Turkey.
    One Lockheed Martin-made fifth-generation jet was delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on Wednesday, and another is scheduled to be delivered Friday, a Defense Department official told Military.com. The base already had two jets belonging to Turkey for the international training program.
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Re: US halts F35 parts shipment to Turkey
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 08:41:57 AM »
They won't stop training, kick out the pilots / maintenance troopies or seize the aircraft until every option is exhausted. I've seen good guidance from senior DOD, but no apparent language from State that a total impasse has been reached or that TK won't compromise. It's likely Turkey wants more concessions if they're to go back on their purchase of the S-400.

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Re: US halts F35 parts shipment to Turkey
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 02:41:45 PM »
Full video report at link below:


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    Turkish F-35 parts deliveries stop
    By: Jeff Martin   5 hours ago
    As part of an ongoing spat between the U.S. and Turkey, parts deliveries for the F-35 have stopped--and Turkey's entire participation in the program is at risk.
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Re: US halts F35 parts shipment to Turkey
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 08:37:29 PM »
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How Turkey’s industry could suffer from the S-400 deal with Russia
By: Burak Ege Bekdil   1 day ago
ANKARA, Turkey — After experiencing a decade of growth, Turkey’s increasingly vibrant defense industry may fall victim to the government’s quest to purchase the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system, a deal that will make Turkey the first NATO ally to deploy the system on its soil.

Turkey announced in December 2017 it would acquire the Russian system for long-range air and anti-missile defense. Ankara has since ignored NATO allies’ calls to scrap the S-400 deal, citing its sovereign right to deploy any air defense architecture it chooses. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan emphasized this point during a state visit to Moscow on April 8, saying that the S-400 deal is irrevocable.

Turkey risks severe U.S. sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Top U.S. lawmakers are threatening to pass legislation that would bar Turkey from buying the F-35 fighter jet, and sanction the country if it buys the Russian S-400.

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