Turkey to receive two more F-35 jets by March 2019

Turkey is set to receive two more F-35 warplanes by March 2019, according to a statement by U.S. F-35 programme executive officer, Vice Admiral Mat Winter, Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported. 

"There is no indication of a change in the delivery of Turkey’s 100 jets," Winter said on Monday.

In July 2018, the U.S. lawmakers have proposed blocking deliveries of the F- 35 fighter jet to NATO partner Turkey after the country decided to buy the Russia-made S-400 air-defence systems. The measure bars Ankara from getting any more F-35s until the Pentagon delivers a report on how the measure would affect US-Turkey relations, what impact Turkey's purchase of the S-400 will have, and what the effects of Turkey's removal from the F-35 program would be for the U.S. industrial base, according to Bloomberg.

"The Pentagon must submit a report to Congress within 90 days of the 2019 Defense Authorization Act being enacted," Winter said, referring to the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits F-35 sales to Turkey.

President Trump signed the NDAA on August 13. Therefore, the Pentagon has another 6 weeks to complete the report.

For Lockheed Martin to deliver the jets to Turkey does not necessarily mean Turkey can take them to the Turkish territory. There are several articles both in NDAA and State Department budget preventing F-35s to leave the US territory for Turkey.

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