President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said the US approval process for the sale of F-16 fighter jets to NATO member Turkey is progressing well and could be completed in a few months.
In October 2021, Turkey made a request to the United States to buy 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighters and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing combat aircraft to update its air force after the purchase of F-35s fell through.
NewsMadura Turk quoted spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as saying in an interview with the broadcaster on Thursday night that President Joe Biden’s administration is making genuine efforts on the matter.
“It’s not very easy to give a clear forecast, but it seems that the process is likely to be completed in the next two months,” Kalin said when asked whether the United States is providing F-16s. Turkey would sell.
“If this happens, the F-16 problem, both the modernization and the purchase of new F-16s, will be solved.”
In September, Erdogan said he had received “positive” feedback from two US senators he met in New York about their potential support for the sale.
Sentiment towards Turkey in the US Congress has soured in recent years after Ankara purchased Russian-made defense missile systems, leading to US sanctions and Turkey’s removal from the F-35 fighter jet program.
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