US transfers Turkey's F-35 jet to Arizona base

US transfers Turkey's F-35 jet to Arizona base

WASHINGTON- Anadolu Agency
US transfers Turkeys F-35 jet to Arizona base

Pentagon said on April 4 that it transferred one of Turkey's two F-35 jets to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.       

Spokesperson Eric Pahon told Anadolu Agency "another one will be sent tomorrow."       

He reiterated the U.S. concerns about Turkey's procurement of Russian S-400 surface to air missile system.       

On the training of Turkish pilots in the Arizona base, Pahon said there has yet to be any change and "training will continue.”     

Two F-35s already delivered to Turkey are currently at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, where Turkish pilots are being trained. Jets were scheduled to be transferred to Turkey in November.       

The U.S. would have delivered four of the jets to Turkey with the latest transfer.       

Another Pentagon spokesperson said Turkish pilots would continue training on F-35s in Arizona despite Pentagon decision to suspend delivery of parts.       

Turkey joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in 2002 and has invested more than $1.25 billion. It also manufactures various aircraft parts for all F-35 variants and customers.       

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