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Turkey considering Ďalternativesí to US fighter jet amid Russian offer
Independent by Yahoo ^ | July 18, 2019 | Borzou Daragahi

Posted on 07/20/2019 9:08:34 PM PDT by NorseViking

A defiant Turkey said it was considering “alternatives” to US fighter jets, including Russian models or making its own, a day after Washington suspended it from a programme to build and deploy advanced warplanes.

The US punished Turkey for its purchase of a Russian air defence system by pushing it out of a long-term programme to upgrade Nato forces with F-35 advanced fighter jets.

The Kremlin quickly attempted to exploit the disagreement, which has already drawn Ankara closer to Moscow, offering to sell Turkey Russian fighter planes.

Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s defence industries, responded that “all kinds of options are on the table,” according to the official Anadolu news agency.

“Turkey will continue to evaluate alternatives,” he said.

The months-long dispute had pushed already strained relations between Turkey and the US to a new low.

Analysts say Washington sought to avoid having to make a decision on the matter. But after the delivery of parts for the Russian S-400 Missile system began late last week, the White House was forced to act. It announced late on Wednesday that it was ending Turkey’s involvement in the programme to build F-35s, citing security concerns.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: djibouti; erdogan; eritrea; f35; hamas; hassannasrallah; hezbollah; iran; israel; jerusalem; jordan; kurdistan; lebanon; letshavejerusalem; mullahlovers; putinsbuttboys; receptayyiperdogan; russia; s400; sudan; syria; turkey; waronterror; yemen
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1 posted on 07/20/2019 9:08:34 PM PDT by NorseViking
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To: NorseViking

The US needs an alternative to Erdogen...


2 posted on 07/20/2019 9:12:24 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: NorseViking

Maybe letting Turkey get F35s would damage their capabilities more than sending them after more reliable Russian planes? They can get a lot more planes and keep them flying at less than the ruinous cost of F35s.


3 posted on 07/20/2019 9:13:00 PM PDT by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: Paladin2

Another regime change or just a puny election meddling?


4 posted on 07/20/2019 9:14:24 PM PDT by NorseViking
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To: Seruzawa

Regardless, you dont want Russian radar technicians getting refular practice painting the F-35 with the S-400 radars. And thats the main issue.


5 posted on 07/20/2019 9:25:06 PM PDT by Tallguy (Facts be d@mned! The narrative must be protected at all costs!)
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To: NorseViking

A non-Islamic reset...


6 posted on 07/20/2019 9:26:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Tallguy

They have plenty of opportunities since Israel is an operator and in close proximity. Although I agree that these two systems in hands of one military are somehow compromising and more so for airplane.


7 posted on 07/20/2019 9:40:39 PM PDT by NorseViking
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To: NorseViking

Settling for the Russian jets is like settling for a Hyundai when the Ferrari falls through


8 posted on 07/20/2019 10:00:12 PM PDT by montag813
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To: NorseViking

We need to kick Turkey out of NATO and remove our military hardware from their country. Having Turkey in NATO is like having a fire bug on the fire commission. Besides, in the scheme of things today, I don’t think Turkey is an asset we need to protect our interests. And as far as Europe is concerned, I’d vote to let all those worthless fair weather friends shift for themselves, and save the money we spend protecting their a$$es. Let them all rally round Frau Merkel and the Krauts and see how things turn out.


9 posted on 07/20/2019 10:14:33 PM PDT by vette6387
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A defiant Turkey said it was considering “alternatives” to US fighter jets, including Russian models or making its own

"Making its own"...yeah, right. Ataturk was one of the true visionaries of the 20th century, dragging a Muslim nation out of the dark ages into secularism and modernism. Erdogan is the anti-Ataturk, returning Turkey to Muslim squalor.
10 posted on 07/20/2019 10:28:46 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: NorseViking

Rooskie anti air missiles. Rooskie air craft. That should rule them out of NATO, I’d think.


11 posted on 07/20/2019 10:34:17 PM PDT by llevrok (Vote, while it is still legal!)
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To: vette6387; NorseViking; caww; DoughtyOne; All

The recent election of a mayor for Istanbul who represents the younger voters and is not strongly Islamic like Erdowan is an interesting development and sign that Erdowan’s power is slipping. It will be interesting to see how things develop in the next year.


12 posted on 07/20/2019 10:44:13 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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Not really. Turkey is a lot like US in that sense. Big cities are liberal and the country is more conservative. The difference is religious component of their conservatism is not Christianity unlike in US.


13 posted on 07/20/2019 10:47:23 PM PDT by NorseViking
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Sure, they are going to manufacture their own.

Their GDP is less than $1 trillion.

The Lira has lost 40% of it’s worth, etc, etc etc.

They also do not posess the manufacturing capabilities nor the technologies to produce anything worthwhile .

They can’t


14 posted on 07/20/2019 11:29:13 PM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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Sure, they are going to manufacture their own.

Their GDP is less than $1 trillion.

The Lira has lost 40% of it’s worth, etc, etc etc.

They also do not posess the manufacturing capabilities nor the technologies to produce anything worthwhile .

They can’t


15 posted on 07/20/2019 11:29:29 PM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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In fact less than 1 trillion GDP is heavyweight. Turkey is by any standard is a more advanced country than it might appear at first sight. And it is quite self-reliant.


16 posted on 07/20/2019 11:36:57 PM PDT by NorseViking
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To: NorseViking

Time for the Mosad to take out this guy.


17 posted on 07/20/2019 11:43:52 PM PDT by Midwesterner53
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To: NorseViking

The entire known world including Greenland, Ecuador, Burundi, the Seychelles and even Togo would LOVE to face a Turkish built fighter.


18 posted on 07/21/2019 12:50:08 AM PDT by A strike (Import third world become third world)
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To: A strike

In fact they built F-16s.


19 posted on 07/21/2019 1:02:30 AM PDT by NorseViking
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To: NorseViking

Not on their own.


20 posted on 07/21/2019 1:10:10 AM PDT by A strike (Import third world become third world)
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