Defense Ministry: Turkey Approaches Conclusion of F-16 Acquisition from US

Turkey Final Stages of F-16 Acquisition from US, Confirms Defense Ministry

Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced that agreements have been inked for the procurement of F-16 fighter jets from the United States, as reported by Deutsche Welle’s Turkish edition. While details are still under discussion, contracts have been signed with Lockheed Martin, with ongoing talks between representatives from Ankara and Washington.

An Air Force F-16 fighter jet takes part in the annual military parade in commemoration for the Day of the Glories of the Army, a tradition within the Independence Day holidays, at the O’Higgins Park in Santiago, on September 19, 2023. (Photo by Javier TORRES / AFP) (Photo by JAVIER TORRES/AFP via Getty Images)

The ministry assured that decisions regarding these specifics will be shared with the public once finalized. Originally aiming for 40 new F-16 jets and modernization kits for existing aircraft in October 2021, the deal, valued at $23 billion, encompasses 80 modernization kits. Lengthy negotiations ensued, primarily due to objections from the US Congress, but final approval was granted in January, following Turkey’s agreement on Sweden’s NATO accession. The recent approval of Sweden’s NATO membership has contributed to thawing relations between Ankara and Washington, previously strained over issues including US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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