New F-16s for Turkey?

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Unread post08 Oct 2021, 18:40

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Turkey has made a request to the U.S. to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes, as the NATO ally looks to modernize its Air Force after the purchase of F-35 jets fell through, sources familiar with the matter said.

The deal, worth billions, is still working its way through the Foreign Military Sales process which is subject to approval by the U.S. State Department as well as the U.S. Congress which can block deals.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-ea ... 021-10-07/
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Unread post08 Oct 2021, 21:50

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Unread post13 Oct 2021, 09:32

Yes, but will the US Congress approve such a deal????
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Unread post13 Oct 2021, 17:59

Likely so, as it will support continued production of the F-16C/D block 70/72, open for potential block 70/72 upgrade of Turkeys remaining F-16 fleet, foster strengthened NATO partner and important allied nation protecting NATO's southern flank
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Unread post20 Oct 2021, 04:57

Boman wrote:Likely so, as it will support continued production of the F-16C/D block 70/72, open for potential block 70/72 upgrade of Turkeys remaining F-16 fleet, foster strengthened NATO partner and important allied nation protecting NATO's southern flank



You could have said something similar about the F-35. Yet, the US isn't going to sell Turkey that either.....
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Unread post20 Oct 2021, 07:15

Difference is Turkey already have the F-16. They never got the F-35
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Unread post21 Oct 2021, 05:24

Boman wrote:Difference is Turkey already have the F-16. They never got the F-35



True but the US Congress is not very happy with Turkey at the moment. My guess is any such deal will face considerable resistance.
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Unread post21 Oct 2021, 08:00

Maybe. Then again maybe not. Turkey "learned its lesson" through the cancelled F-35 sale, and the US/NATO depend on Turkey to protect their southern flank.
It is my assumption that Turkey will both be allowed to buy new F-16's and upgrade the existing fleet to Block 70 standard.
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Unread post22 Oct 2021, 13:30

They should probably be offered F/A-18E. A diverse fleet would certainly have an 'enhancing' effect on their budget.
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Unread post22 Oct 2021, 16:27

But cost more in operational use. No, better to expand on the existing fleet of fighters.
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