President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said the approval process for the sale of F-16 fighters to NATO member Turkey is going well and could be completed within two months.
Turkey placed an order with the United States in October 2021 to purchase 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighters and nearly 80 modernization equipment for its existing warplanes to modernize its air force after the failed purchase. of the F-35.
CNN Turk quoted Erdogan’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, as saying in an interview Thursday night that President Joe Biden’s administration is making sincere efforts on this issue.
“It is not easy to give clear expectations, but there seems to be a high probability of completing the process in the next month or two,” said Kalin. in answer to the question of whether the United States would sell F. -16 to Turkey.
“When that happens, the F-16 problem will be solved, both the modernization problem and the purchase of a new F-16 aircraft will be solved,” he added.
In September, Erdogan said he received “positive” feedback from two US senators he met in New York. in about their potential sales support.
A thrill to Turkey has prevailed in the US Congress in recent years after Ankara acquired Russian-made missile defense systems, which led to US sanctions and the exclusion of Turkey from the F-35 fighter program.
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