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Turkey will decide on the date for receiving its very first F-35 fighter jets next year, says the country’s top army procurement body, which is unsatisfied with the development of the project and the costs

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An F-35B is seen touching down at US Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Many countries in the joint F-35 development program are considering delaying their orders, mainly due to cost concerns. AP photo

An F-35B is seen touching down at US Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Many countries in the joint F-35 development program are considering delaying their orders, mainly due to cost concerns. AP photo

Turkey has joined a “concern club” about a U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet development program with the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) delaying to an unknown date the very first order for the aircraft it had placed last year.

Turkey, a member of the consortium that also includes Britain, Canada, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, will reconsider the date for the order of two jets next year, the SSM said in a statement, citing concerns over poor development of the jet’s capacity to maneuver and an increase in costs due to delays in orders by the U.S. and other partners.

“Furthermore the results of talks with the U.S. government and main contractor Lockheed Martin in 2012 are being reconsidered,” the statement read.

The decision was made at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee, the country’s top defense procurement body, which includes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel and Procurement Chief Murad Bayar, it said.

“Turkey will continue its activities in the JSF [Joint Strike Force] program, in which it is a participating member, and projects to have 100 F-35A planes, as had been planned.

After 2020 Turkey is also planning to design, develop and produce another fighter plane to eliminate the JSF’s deficiencies either by itself, or through a partner, most likely South Korea.

Canada scrapped in December last year a controversial sole-source plan to buy F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp., saying it would now evaluate all available options for acquiring new fighters.
The announcement was a new challenge for the F-35, which has been hit by cost overruns and delays and at $396 billion is the costliest program in Pentagon procurement history.

The Pentagon will pay about 4 percent less for each new Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35A fighter jet when it signs a deal worth $3.8 billion with the top U.S. defense contractor, Reuters quoted sources familiar with the deal as saying in December. This was before a large budget cut by the Pentagon.

Australia has already delayed its F-35 order and nations like Italy and the Netherlands have said they will also.

January/12/2013

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Daniel Granquist

1/26/2013 11:09:44 AM

Vargen, Sweden got a much smaller economy than Germany but makes excellent airplanes (germany on the other hand makes excellent tanks. Its possible and Turkey have many good engineer and hitech industry. What matters is how you spend the money.. the F35 costs so much cause its actually 3 airplanes, for several nations with many many nations and even more partners involved. The Swedish plane is designed for 2 customers (Sweden&Switzerland), by 1 company (Saab). Thats effiency :)

Eric Martin

1/13/2013 9:02:11 PM

Who are these people here that don't want us to build our own weapons? Hmm. Why would you complain about US(yes, i am turk using an alias) building a jet fighter?The costs are too much? LOL. Do any of you do 'math'? These stinking F-35 cost $200 million dollars each and the price keeps getting higher due to other countries dropping them. Now think of all the specialized parts that can only be bought from the USA. The USA/Jewish lobby will always pressure our politics if we don't!!!

pinar hasan

1/13/2013 3:39:36 PM

Turkish people are just as smart as muslim killing Israel/America. there are thousands of turkish engineers unemployed. there are thousands of turkish engineers in American Ivy leaque universities. there are also thousands of unemployed american engineers that worked for Lockheed Martin. All Turkey has to do is hire engineers from Lockheed martin and the thousands of unemployed turkish engineers. turkey can easliy develop a fighter jet in 2 years.turkish politicians are bribed by Israel/America

mesude salihli

1/13/2013 3:30:07 AM

pinar hasan: You are not daydreaming I hope.

american american

1/12/2013 10:41:24 PM

that would require learning science pinar

Vargen Vargen

1/12/2013 5:08:48 PM

Pinar. To develop a state of the art jetfighter is far more complacated than it was to send the first man to the moon. There is no way Turkey, with a GDP smaller than for example the Netherlands, and almost no high tech industry or competence, can achieve this goal. It would totally ruin our finances and that for a very long time. There is a reason why the most advanced countries in the world, such as Germany, do not develop their own jet fighter. It is even for them tooo expensive.

pinar hasan

1/12/2013 6:22:18 AM

turkey needs to make 100% turkish fighter jets made in Turkey. instead of donating billions to muislim killing Israel/America. invest the billions in turkish people and create thousands of high tech jobs in turkey
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