Akar: Turkish F-35s Standing in Hangar

Akar: Turkish F-35s Standing in Hangar
Akar: Turkish F-35s Standing in Hangar

Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar stated that six F-35A Lightning II fighters produced for Turkey are kept in the hangar. Speaking to Turkish daily Milliyet, Akar said the future of these aircraft is also negotiated. Six F-35A Lightning II type fighter jets produced by Lockheed Martin of the USA for the Turkish Air Force Command were not shipped to Turkey due to CAATSA. Emphasizing that a Turkish delegation will go to the USA for the F-35 issue in the coming days, Minister Akar announced that six F-35s produced for Turkey are kept in the hangar.


The Turkish Air Force original plan was to procure 100 F-35 Lightning IIs within the scope of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. Turkey has officially ordered 30 aircraft. However, the USA decided to impose CAATSA on Turkey due to the acquisition of the Russian S-400 Air Defence Missile System.
Akar: Turkish F-35s Standing in Hangar
So far, the production of six F-35A aircraft for the Turkish Air Force has been completed. The first aircraft was delivered to the Turkish Air Force with a ceremony held in the USA on 21 June 2019. The pilot and maintenance crew were sent for training. Following the CAATSA, the aircraft on the production line was made available to the US Air Force. Turkey has been completely excluded from the JSF Project as of September 2021. Turkey made a payment of 1 billion 400 million USD within the program's scope.
Akar: Turkish F-35s Standing in Hangar
Turkey now wants to acquire new F-16 aircraft and modernisation kit for existing fleet. The Biden administration considers the F-16 sale a way to repair relations. Some U.S. Senate members however strongly oppose the proposal. 

Greek media had broadcast that the planes produced in Turkey would be delivered to the Greek Air Force. It is known that the USA kept Pakistani F-16s in the hangar due to the embargo and then demanded a separate parking fee for these aircraft.