Turkey plans to use the Fund to support the defense industry (Defense Industry Support Fund) for the acquisition of the second pair of fighter F-35 «Lightning 2».
As reported by «Hurriyet Daily News», the first pair of aircraft are expected in 2015, the second — in 2016.
As previously reported TSAMTO, Turkey officially announced its decision to purchase fighter fifth generation F-35 «Lightning 2» in January this year.
At a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on January 5th meeting, the Executive Committee of the defense industry in Turkey authorized the Secretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) to negotiate the purchase of aircraft. Despite the expected initial order of 6 aircraft, it was decided to buy the first step only 2 cars.
It is expected that in the near term, SSM and the company «Lockheed Martin», which is the main contractor applets, sign a formal contract for the supply of the first 2-planes. This will allow Turkey to get the first fighter in 2015.
Since 1999, Turkey is one of the partner countries’ development programs from the F-35. In the past year, Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul said that for the Turkish Air Force can be purchased up to 116 multi-role fighters fifth generation F-35 «Lightning 2», 100 aircraft including F-35A in the version with the ordinary takeoff and landing with option to supply an additional 16 more units.
But throughout the next time the press reports trickled dilemmas in the negotiations relating to the transfer of technology. Namely, the Turkish side was denied a primary text programs and remote access codes to aircraft avionics, the price of which is estimated at 16 billion dollars.
After 2020, Turkey is planning to establish and make creating your own fighter, most likely, along with South Korea.