Apr 02 2019

Turkish companies affected as U.S. halts F-35 equipment transfers to Turkey

The U.S. Pentagon’s decision to halt the delivery of equipment related to the F-35 jet to Turkey due to Ankara's decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 air defence missiles will affect several Turkish companies that have contributed to the development of the programme, Turkish news site Kokpit.aero reported on Tuesday.

The Turkish companies to be affected by Washington’s decision announced on Tuesday are Alp Havacılık, ASELSAN, AYESAŞ, FOKKER ELMO, HAVELSAN, KALE HAVACILIK, TAI, MIKES, ROKETSAN, TUBITAK-SAGE and TUSAŞ.

They have contributed to the development of the F-35 through work on the Lockheed Martin built airframe and the Pratt and Whitney propulsion system in addition to working on the maintenance of the jets, the news site said. 

Washington cited Ankara’s decision to go ahead with the delivery of the Russian S-400 missile system as the reason for its decision to stop shipping equipment related to the F-35 stealth fighter aircraft to Turkey.

The move follows repeated U.S. warnings to Turkey that possession of the S-400 system alongside the Lockheed Martin-produced jets would threaten the security of the F-35s.

Turkish pilots are currently training with the F-35 jets at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Turkey is one of 12 countries participating in the F-35 programme.