PENTAGON — The United States is officially removing Turkey from its F-35 stealth fighter jet program after Ankara accepted the Russian delivery of its S-400 missile defense system.
“Unfortunately, Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday. “The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities.”
U.S. officials believe NATO ally Turkey’s decision to use Russian advanced radar technology could compromise the alliance’s military systems in the country. The S-400 could potentially be used to target NATO jets in Turkey, including the U.S.-made F-35, which is NATO’s newest stealth fighter jet.
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US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program — AP
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US blocks Turkey from NATO’s fighter jet programme after Russian missile purchase — France 24
US removes Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programme — BBC
White House kicks Turkey out of fighter jet project — Politico
US removes Turkey from F-35 program after S-400 fiasco — DW
US expels Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programme — Al Jazeera
It’s Official: Turkey Out of F-35 Program By March 2020 — Breaking Defense