Turkey to Buy Two Planes in Second F-35 Shipment


2012-09-04 Turkey is expected to use funds from its Defense Industry Support Fund to purchase a second pair of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightening jets to be delivered in 2016, says a Turkish procurement official. The first pair is set for delivery in 2015.

Turkey will likely order a second pair of the jointly-made, next-generation, stealth fighter F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II aircraft, as it did earlier this year following the production of the first two, a senior procurement official said over the weekend.

Led by the U.S.-based company, Lockheed Martin, the F-35 consortium also includes companies from Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway and Denmark contributing to the plane’s production. This year Japan and Israel joined the list of countries seeking to acquire the F-35.

To be able to start the delivery of the JSF fighters in the year 2015, Turkey had to specify a figure it would buy as a first batch, in its first Defense Industry Executive Committee on Jan. 5, 2012. Despite an expected figure of six, Turkey initially ordered only two aircraft.

“We are expected to decide on the figure as two, as was the case before the Jan. 5 meeting. But the committee needs to confirm this figure at its next meeting,” said the senior procurement official.

Excerpt from Turkish Weekly, Wednesday, September 5, 2012