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What is the F-35 program that the US kicked Turkey out of?

The deal was delayed for four year but Washington said at the time that the doors were open to Turkey.

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What is the F-35 program
What is the F-35 program

ANKARA: The United States approved the sale of F-16 warplanes to Turkey as part of the F-35 program.

The sale, worth $23 billion was announced by the US Defense Department after Turkey ratified the admission of Sweden into NATO.

The deal was delayed for four year but Washington said at the time that the doors were open to Turkey.

What is the F-35 program?

Turkey joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Programme (JSF) in 2007 along with other European countries including the US, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Canada, and Norway.

It was a joint effort by the ally countries to develop highly advanced Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, a family of fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft.

During the initial rounds of negotiations, Turkey pledged to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets but that didn’t materialize.

Russian S-400 missiles
Russian S-400 missiles

Why Turkey was removed from F-35 program?

The US removed Turkey from the program after the latter purchased the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile systems.

According to a press release from the US State Department, Turkey will get 40 new F-16s and upgrades to 79 of the jets in its existing fleet.

The US did not green light the transaction until Turkey ratified Sweden’s admission to NATO.

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