Turkey continues to blackmail the United States with the purchase of Russian Su-35s

The head of the Turkish defense agency Presidency of Defense Industries, Ismail Demir, warned that Ankara would consider acquiring Su-35S fighters from Russia if the United States refused to supply it with modern F-16 modifications. The Military Watch Magazine writes about this.

Turkey's attempts to acquire new F-16s have previously faced significant opposition in Washington. Relations between the parties deteriorated after the failed military coup attempt in Ankara in 2016, which was widely blamed on the United States.

Turkey and Russia have been negotiating the acquisition of the Su-35 since 2018, they reached the final stage in October 2019. However, many interpreted these contacts as an attempt by the Turkish side to put pressure on Western suppliers, and not as a sign of sincere interest in the Russian aircraft.

As the American publication points out, the Su-35 is a heavy twin-engine fighter with a much longer service life and operation than the F-16. The aircraft also has a wider range of significant advantages in almost all respects. Its extremely excellent flight performance was demonstrated in the Turkish skies in September 2019. Therefore, it is not surprising that Turkey continues to blackmail the United States with the purchase of Russian fighters.

Meanwhile, the Su-35 is almost twice as large as the F-16. It is incompatible with NATO weapons and cannot be integrated into the Turkish Air Force as easily as the new American fighters.

In addition, in the case of deliveries of Su-35 to Turkey, Washington may initiate economic pressure on Ankara, since, in accordance with its domestic legislation, the United States imposes sanctions against all major customers of Russian weapons.
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  1. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 26 September 2022 13: 44
    Turkey continues blackmail US purchase of Russian Su-35s

  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 September 2022 14: 56
    Everyone is bluffing and trying to win some profit.
  3. sat2004 Offline sat2004
    sat2004 26 September 2022 15: 52
    You can buy, but who will manage them? NATO will become part of the Russian Aerospace Forces? Training is a long business, 5 years, and the pilot's class is honed over the years. So, in 10 years, there may be a result. Greeks, hurry up.
  4. HattinGokbori87 Offline HattinGokbori87
    HattinGokbori87 27 September 2022 10: 26
    The problem with the Su-35 is technology transfer. Based on many current and past experiences (for example, what is happening now with F-16 aircraft and Leopard tanks), Turkey is always afraid of sanctions on weapons. Therefore, they are always trying to get at least some form of technology transfer in case the seller embargoes it, which Russia will probably never agree to.
    At least with the F-16, Turkey could produce an older version of the aircraft on its own under license. But if they buy Su-35s without technology transfer, they will become completely dependent on Russia for these aircraft. So the Eurofighter is also on the table if the UK (which hates the Turkish government but doesn't want Turkey to fall under Russian influence) can handle some kind of technology transfer.