Turkey to Buy Two Lockheed F-35 Jets, 15 Textron Helicopters
January 05, 2012, By Ali Berat Meric and Emre Peker
"Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey will purchase two Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighter jets and and 15 helicopters from Textron Inc. for the police department, the Defense Industries Undersecretary said today in a statement.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a meeting with the Defence Industries Undersecretary Murad Bayar, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz and the military’s Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel today in Ankara, where the orders were approved...."
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-0 ... pters.html
What better way to let Iran, Russia, China and India, (not to mention Islamic extremist and Central-Asian/Russian mafia arms dealers) to see all that wonderful 5th-generation technology than to sell TWO (2) examples to Turkey. Why bother buying, count 'em 1, 2, examples if the plan is not to sell access to anyone who wants to look at them?
My God. Really? You get the impression that LM would sell the F-35 to al-Qaeda if that would help keep the program alive.
(I'm really interested in the fanboy replies that I'm going to get for this. Really interested.)