Ankara expressed its readiness to “address the concerns” of the United States due to the incompatibility of the American fifth-generation F-35 fighters and the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. This was stated by Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday, July 29.
“I would like to emphasize that Turkey is a partner, not a client, in the F-35 production program. We are ready to address the technical concerns of the United States regarding the incompatibility of the C-400 and F-35,” said Acar in a video posted on the Turkish Defense Ministry’s Twitter page.
Last week it became known that Turkey has begun testing Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 Triumph on U.S.-made F-16 and F-4 Phantom II fighters.
The Defence News newspaper reported at the end of June that the U.S. may buy back Russian-made S-400 SAM systems from Turkey as part of legislative initiatives.
Russia and Turkey signed a multi-billion dollar contract to supply S-400 Triumph SAMs in 2017. The deal caused sharp discontent on the part of the US.