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Turkey to buy 30 F-16s by 2011

August 31, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Turkey will purchase 30 F-16 fighter jets as part of its modernization plans, Turkish Air Force Chief General Faruk Cömert stated on Wednesday in Ankara.

An overview of the static at Konya AB during exercise Anatolian Eagle held in June of 2006.

Gen. Comert made his remarks to reporters during a special reception in the Turkish capital held on Wednesday evening for Victory Day, celebrated every year on Aug. 30.

"We will have purchased 30 F-16s by 2011. We are still trying to find the money but I don't think that will be a problem," Gen. Comert told journalists.