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Instead of the US: Turkey may buy Russian fighter jets

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that Ankara could acquire the Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters in exchange for the American F-35s Instead of the US: Turkey may buy Russian fighter jets 

Instead of the US: Turkey may buy Russian fighter jets

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that Ankara could acquire the Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters in exchange for the American F-35s, from the program for which Turkey was excluded. The head of state said that the final decision on Russian cars will be made after his negotiations with his American counterpart Donald Trump.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not rule out the possibility of buying Su-35 and Su-57 fighters from Russia instead of American F-35 aircraft.

"Why not. We arrived here [at the MAKS -2019 air show ] not in vain, ”Erdogan told CNN Turk, answering the question of whether Russian fighters are considered among the F-35 alternatives.
The Turkish leader said that the final decision will be made only after he conducts telephone conversations with his American counterpart Donald Trump and learns the final US position on Turkey’s participation in the program to create the F-35.

Erdogan, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, visited the MAKS-2019 international aerospace show on the first day of his work. The heads of state held talks and examined the exposition. In particular, Erdogan saw the Su-57 and asked his Russian counterpart whether it was possible to purchase it, to which Putin replied: “You can buy it.” At MAKS, the presidents were shown a group flight of four of these fighters. In addition, Russian and Turkish leaders familiarized themselves with the Ka-62 medium helicopter, the Mi-38 heavy helicopter and the Su-35 fighter.
Later, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev during the MAKS announced that Russia and Turkey were discussing the supply of electronic warfare systems (EW) and Ankara fighter Su-35 and Su-57. He pointed out the particular importance of the upcoming talks with his Turkish counterpart, the head of the Turkish President’s Defense Department, Ismail Demir.
According to Shugaev, the parties will continue to discuss topics that are on the agenda, including the supply of Turkey with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM). As the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation emphasized,
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Ankara is interested in Russian aircraft, as the United States suspended its participation in the F-35 fifth-generation fighter program.
“We know that today the Republic of Turkey on the F-35 with the Americans in a certain stupor, and interest in our aircraft technology is great. It’s too early to talk about any kind of contract negotiations, there is no bid yet. As it happens with us all the time, certain consultations should be held, ”said Shugaev.
The issue of buying Russian fighter jets sharply confronted Ankara when the United States and NATObegan to threaten her with exclusion from the F-35 production program. The White House and the Pentagon officially announced that such measures were taken on July 17. As the representatives of the US defense department explained, this step is not even part of the sanctions promised by the American side against Ankara for the acquisition of the S-400. Major restrictive measures will be introduced to complement this decision. By that time, Turkey had already ordered 30 such fighters from a possible 100 from the United States.
Against this background, negotiations intensified regarding the possibility of Turkey buying Russian fighter jets.
The Yeni Safak newspaper reported on August 12 that Ankara is considering the Su-35 as an alternative to the F-35. The publication noted that at the moment, representatives of the Defense Industry Administration and the Turkish Air Force are just studying the proposal of Rosoboronexport JSC - part of the Rostec state corporation.
They emphasized that the relevant Turkish departments also analyze the features and technical characteristics of the Su-35, and if Ankara gives a positive assessment to the Russian aircraft, representatives of the defense departments of the two states will begin official contacts on the possible purchase of the Su-35 by Turkey, Yeni Safak explained.
In early May, the Su-57E was considered as a replacement for the F-35 for Turkey. The head of Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, told the Anadolu agency about this He called Turkey an attractive market for a Russian military aircraft and emphasized that Moscow would be ready to cooperate if Ankara became interested in this project.
Chemezov said that the documents permitting the export of Su-57 have already been agreed.
“We all see that there is unprecedented pressure on Turkey, but, as far as I know, Ankara takes a very direct and consistent position on the implementation of all the provisions of the contract [for the purchase of S-400]. The fact that Turkey does not succumb to pressure from its partners in the alliance demonstrates the independence of the foreign policy of the Turkish government and the president, ”he said.
Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian fighter developed by the Joint Design Bureau named after BY. Dry. The aircraft can carry air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons and has low visibility. The machine is equipped with the latest weapons, which surpass their foreign counterparts in their characteristics, the Defense Ministry said in June.

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