Erdogan: F-35 program doomed to fail without Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a U.S. F-35 fighter aircraft program that excludes Turkey would be "doomed to a total collapse."

Erdogan made the comments Tuesday at a defense industry fair amid warnings from Washington that Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system will jeopardize Turkey's participation in the F-35 program.

The issue has deepened a rift between the NATO allies. Washington says the S-400 would pose a threat to the F-35 program; Turkey rejects the claim and wants a joint committee to review the possible risks.

Erdogan said: "Turkey does not accept any impositions in the defense field, nor will it" in the future.

He said Turkey has taken steps to produce its own fighter plane and is also planning to build unmanned fighter planes.

People also read these

Bombers kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral

Jun 3, 2017

Afghan officials says a trio of suicide bombers in Kabul have killed at least six people attending...

Taliban suicide bomber targets Kabul bank, kills...

Aug 29, 2017

Taliban claim responsibility for suicide bombing in central Kabul near banks, US Embassy, that...

US historian who spent decades in Afghanistan...

Sep 10, 2017

An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the...

The Latest: US airstrike caused civilian...

Sep 27, 2017

The U.S. military says it conducted an airstrike in Afghanistan that mistakenly caused an...

The Latest: Afghan official: Drone strikes kill...

Oct 17, 2017

An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed 35 Taliban fighters in the country's east, near...

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Contact us: sales[at]morningdispatcher.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress