The beginning of technical work on the acquisition of American F-16 fighters was announced by the Minister of National Defense of Turkey.
“Technical work has begun on the acquisition of the F-16, we are following this process. Strengthening Turkey also means strengthening NATO,” he said after a meeting of NATO defense ministers.
At first, Ankara ordered more than 100 new-generation F-35 fighters from the United States, but Washington refused to sell the aircraft after Turkey purchased the Russian S-400 Triumph air defense system.
We add, during the summer NATO summit, the leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed air defense issue with US President Joe Biden, calling the negotiations constructive.
Erdogan later stated that to buy S-400 Turkey is forced by the United States… Turkey is forced to buy S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia due to the US refusal to sell Patriot systems.