Worried by Turkey’s desire to buy advanced air and missile defense systems from Russia, the US Senate has drawn up a bill that could block the planned delivery of nearly 100 F-35 fighter aircraft from the US over Ankara’s plans to buy S-400.
Turkey’s decision to buy the S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia is “sacrificing” Ankara’s plan to equip its Air Force with the fifth generation fighters, the German N-TV media outlet reported.
Unfazed by US threats, Turkey remains all set to go ahead with the purchase of S-400 from Russia.
Since Ankara was prepared to shell out around $120 million for each F-35 aircraft, the Senators’ move could deal a serious blow to the most expensive fighter development program in US history, the report says.
According to the German television network, instead of boosting its air defense with Russian-made S-400 systems, Turkey would be better off buying the F-35s which were set to form the backbone of the country’s air power.
The head of NATO’s cyber defense unit, Christian-Marc Liflander earlier said that the S-400 system is not compatible with the air defense systems currently used by the alliance.
Brussels also fears that the S-400’s radar could compromise US stealth technology secrets.