Thursday, July 11, 2019

Turkey Must Drop Russian S-400 to Stay in F-35 Program

The Department of Defense will remove Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program if the nation accepts delivery of the Russian S-400 air defense system, a senior Defense Department official said.

Meeting with think tank representatives at the Pentagon, Katie Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said the NATO alliance and nations partnering in developing and fielding the F-35 are unified in their opposition to Turkey fielding the Russian system.
Story here.

First I've heard that other participants in the F-35 program were in agreement with US authorities that Turkey should be kicked out if they proceed with the S-400 purchase.

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