Friday, 22 June 2018 10:04 WIB |
Despite opposition in Congress, Turkey will receive its first F-35 Joint Strike fighter jet this week, Pentagon and aviation industry officials tell VOA.
Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35, will hold a ceremony Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, for Turkey's new jets, according to a company spokesperson.
Both House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contain restrictions on Turkey's participation in the F-35 program.
U.S. lawmakers are concerned about Ankara's imprisonment of an American pastor and its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system, which they say would "degrade the general security" of the NATO alliance and be incompatible with systems used by Turkey's NATO allies.
Source : Voanews