Pentagon To Turkey: No More F-35s For You If You Purchase S-400s, Turkey Cares LessReader06/25/2019 (Tue) 21:38:16 Id: 546f49No.14952del
The United States will stop Turkey from flying and developing the F-35 stealth jet if Ankara moves forward with their purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system, according to Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US envoy to NATO.
"There will be a disassociation with the F-35 system, we cannot have the F-35 affected or destabilized by having this Russian system in the alliance," Hutchison told reporters in Brussels. "Everything indicates that Russia is going to deliver the system to Turkey and that will have consequences," she added.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, however, vowed on Tuesday to push forward with their purchase of the Russian system, according to Reuters.
"We will hopefully start to receive the S-400 systems we purchased from Russia next month, Erdogan told his AK Party in parliament, adding: "Turkey is not a country that needs to seek permission or bow to pressures. The S-400s are directly linked to our sovereignty and we will not take a step back."
The United States says the jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., give NATO forces a number of technological advantages in the air, including the ability to disrupt enemy communications networks and navigation signals.
Turkey produces parts of the F-35s fuselage, landing gear and cockpit displays. Hutchison said Ankara was an important partner in that production but that security concerns about Russia were paramount.
“So many of us have tried to dissuade Turkey,” she said. -Reuters
The United States has offered Turkey its more expensive Patriot missile system - first at full price, and then at a steep discount - however, issues arose over a timely delivery of the Raytheon-made systems.
Turkey has also complained that NATO allies have abandoned it during periods of uncertainty, causing them to seek alternatives elsewhere.