UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A professor at Yeditepe University, professor, Dr. Mesut Hakkı Caşın, emphasizing that Turkey’s main goal is not to buy new aircraft, noted: “The main strategic goal of Turkey is to create a domestic TF-X combat aircraft. F-35s are needed for intermediate needs over the next 10-15 years.”
During his official visit to Moscow, President Erdogan examined fifth-generation Su-57 fighters. But can the Su-57 become an alternative to the F-35? Mesut Hakky Jashin, who spoke with Ezgi Aşık from Aksham.com.tr (Akşam.com.tr), drew attention to interesting details.
According to Jashin, Turkey has serious rights to F-35 aircraft in terms of both commercial and international law. “Turkey is one of the manufacturers, a partner that produces about 7% of this aviation system,” Jashin said.
“Erdogan and Putin meet each other more often than other leaders”
Turkey’s relations with the United States differ from those it’s with Russia, Mesut Hakki Jashin said. “Firstly, Turkey is a member of NATO,” the expert continued. – Our relations with Russia are developing in such areas as the economy, defense industry, energy and tourism. Erdogan and Putin are currently meeting each other most often than other leaders. Erdogan’s participation in such a significant aviation exhibition in Russia is very important, and in the near future the Russian president will come to Turkey.”
“Turkey has serious rights to the F-35”
If the US does not hand over the F-35 to Turkey, Turkey will make an alternative decision on airplanes, Jashin said. “This will be a very important event,” he said. – Turkey is a member of NATO and has been using American aviation systems for 60 years. There are two circumstances that cannot be ignored. First of all, Turkey is one of the manufacturing partners and produces about 7% of this weapon system. And Turkey has very serious rights to these aircraft in terms of both commercial and international law. Important missiles for these aircraft are also being created in Turkey.”
Jashin, claiming that the S-400 missiles delivered by Russia would not lead to a leak of US secret information, said: “These planes have already been delivered to the north, to the Norwegian border. In the south, both Great Britain and Israel through southern Cyprus use these aircraft in some covert operations against both Syria and Iran. Both there and here, as we know, the S-400 radar systems work. Let’s not forget that in fact, no plane can be completely invisible to radar. “Chinese hackers have announced the theft of information on these aircraft, this is important classified information.”
“The strategic goal is the creation of a domestic combat aircraft”
Jashin drew attention to the fact that the main goal of Turkey is not the purchase of new aircraft. “The main strategic goal of Turkey is the creation of a domestic TF-X combat aircraft. F-35s are needed for intermediate needs for the next 10-15 years.
The Phantom aircraft that we have been armed with are 60 years old, the F-16s are 30 years old, and their time is up. Due to the urgent operational need, the planes will be purchased, so there is a chance of delivery of the F-35 or joint production Su-57. Turkey understands all chess moves well, ”the expert concluded.
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