Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The U.S. Isn't Sure What To Do With Turkey's F-35s

A US Air Force F-35A over Germany, July 23, 2019. US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez

Business Insider/ The US isn't sure what to do with Turkey's F-35s, and Congress is giving the Pentagon 90 days to figure it out

* Congress could give the Pentagon up to $30 million to buy and store F-35s meant for Turkey.
* The stealth jets, which were to be sent to Turkey before the end of the year, can't be sold to the NATO ally unless it gets rid of the Russian-made S-400 air-defense system, according to requirements in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.
* The US pushed Turkey out of the F-35 program over concerns the fighter could be compromised by the S-400, which is known in Russia as the "F-35 killer."

Congress is offering the Defense Department the option to purchase Turkey's F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and giving the defense secretary discretion to spend up to $30 million to store the fifth-generation jets until a plan for their use is formalized, according to the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020.

Read more ....

WNU Editor:The Pentagon will find these jets a home.

No comments: