Turkey eyeing Russian Su-57 Jets, if U.S.’ F-35 jets fall through - pro-gov’t daily

Turkey is considering the purchase of Russian Su-57 fighter jets should Washington decide to suspend the delivery of F-35 jets in response to Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 anti-missile systems, pro-government Yeni Şafak daily reported.

A bill was proposed to the U.S. Congress on May 8, calling for a report on U.S.-Turkish relations and demanding the suspension of U.S. weapons sales - including the F-35 fighter jets - to Turkey until the report’s publication. The bill referred to “strained relations” between the pair of NATO allies, blaming Turkey for “provocative actions” and its deal to purchase S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey on April 3, during which Russian-Turkish cooperation on military software and technology exchange was discussed, may also include the delivery of Sukhoi jets, namely the Su-57, which is seen as a direct competitor of F-35 jets, the daily said, citing unnamed sources.

Russia's Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet is a single-seat, twin-engine multirole "stealth" aircraft designed for air superiority and attack roles. The jet is equipped with an advanced avionics system and airborne active phased array radar as well as a variety of high-precision weaponry.