Turkey will find a replacement for American F-16 fighters

Turkey has said it will be able to find a replacement for the American F-16 fighters if Washington refuses to sell the planes to Ankara. This was stated by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The minister's statement is quoted by Milliyet newspaper.

Recall that this week a group of US senators from both political US parties demanded that Joe Biden postpone the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. The reason for this demand was Turkey's refusal to approve the application of Sweden and Finland to join NATO.

Turkey expects common sense to prevail in the US, but F-16s are not Ankara's only option

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in an interview with Milliyet.

The Turkish minister did not voice alternative options for the acquisition of fighters, but some experts saw in Hulusi Akar's statement a clear hint at the acquisition of Russian aviation equipment.

The Milliyet newspaper recalls that Turkey decided to buy American F-16 fighters after the country was excluded from the American program for the production of fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers. This happened due to Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.

Recall, Ankara refused to approve the application of the Scandinavian countries to join the North Atlantic Alliance after the provocation with the burning of the Koran, which was staged by the leader of the right-wing extremist Hard Course party Rasmus Paludan near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. Later, a similar action took place at the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Denmark, located in Copenhagen.
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  1. Raymond Offline Raymond
    Raymond (Raymond) 5 February 2023 16: 00
    since Greece bought the rafales they are forced to switch to F22.
  2. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 5 February 2023 16: 50
    you have to be very stupid to sell our weapons to the Turks, your potential enemy, but the Kremlin strategist has his own logic, and its results are now visible on the outskirts
    1. vbgfv Offline vbgfv
      vbgfv (vbgfv) 5 February 2023 16: 57
      Export options are worse than their own! And if the war is not inevitable, then let them pay us money than the Americans
  3. Omas Bioladen Offline Omas Bioladen
    Omas Bioladen 5 March 2023 10: 12
    Die Türkei sollte in zwei Teile aufgeteilt werden: Im Westen die Türkei und im Osten Kudistan und dann sollten beide Seiten mit F-22 und F-16 und russischen MiGs und Sus beliefert werden.