Pentagon Confirms Removing Turkey From F-35 Fighter Jet Program

Undersecretary says other nations are aligned in decision to suspend Turkey

Pentagon officials confirmed on Wednesday that Turkey has been removed from the F-35 fighter jet program, despite President Trump complaining about how “unfair” it was to America to have to do so just the day before.

US law established a mechanism for punishing other nations who buy weapons from Russia, and threatened Turkey time and against for buying the S-400. Turkey began taking delivery of the S-400, and that set the US move to ban them from accessing the F-35 jets.

Trump didn’t like this, because the F-35 isn’t exactly flying off the shelves and Turkey was a potential customer. Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord argued that all the nations partnered on the F-35 are “aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey.”

Other nations have largely not commented on the matter. The White House issued a statement saying the F-35 could not coexist with the Russian S-400 missiles. Lord said shifting the supply chain out of Turkey would cost $500-$600 million.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.