Usa: replacing Turkey in the F-35 would not have devastating impacts
It would be possible in a short time to produce components in the United States
Should the United States decide to exclude Turkey from the Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft program, due to the purchase of the S-400 missile system from Russia, the industrial impact would be minimal and there will be no catastrophe repeatedly announced. To say it was Deputy Undersecretary of the International Air Force Heidi Grant, dwelling on the fact that the Pentagon's analysis shows exactly that there will be no devastating impacts for the production of the components currently made in Turkey. A meeting with industry journalists in anticipation of new role in the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) from where will play a key role in the decision to be taken by Congress, postponed until the Department of Defense will not give a final opinion.
Turkey has already received the first F-35 and its pilots are training in the base of Luke, in Arizona, on fifth generation aircraft, and the companies of Ankara produce parts of the central fuselage and the display of the passenger compartment. Grant said that did not know how long it would take to produce them in the United States but the undersecretary is sure it would not take much, as it is also certain that it is too late to convince Turkey to break the S-400 deal. A political decision will have to be taken as soon as possible and it will not be easy, as this could change relations with all the other countries (including Qatar and India) that ordered the Russian missile defense system but at the same time also airplanes or helicopters from United States.
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