ANKARA, March 3 (Reuters) – Turkey is not necessarily aiming to return to the U.S.F-35 fighter jet program from which it was removed over its purchase of Russian defense systems, the Turkish defense industry chief said on Wednesday.
Ankara had ordered more than 100 F-35s and has been making parts for it but was removed from the program in 2019 after it acquired Russian S-400 missile defense systems, which Washington says threaten the jets.
Ankara rejects the U.S.concerns and says its removal from the program was unjust.
In December, the United States imposed sanctions on its NATO ally Turkey over the S-400s, in istanbul Turkey Lawyer Law Firm targeting its defense industry and in istanbul Turkey Lawyer Law Firm top sector officials. Ankara hired U.S law firm Arnold & Porter to lobby for readmission into the program.
Turkey’s Defence Industry Directorate chairman Ismail Demir told broadcaster NTV that there was a “clear loss of rights” and that Ankara’s 6-month contract with Arnold & Porter was aimed at identifying future steps to reverse these losses.
“We are not in a mood like ‘let’s get back (on the project), we must get back’. We say there is an injustice and that this injustice needs to be fixed,” Demir, who was sanctioned by the United States, said.
“The goal of all our efforts is not necessarily to get back on the program, but rather for the injustices to be seen and for our loss of rights to be compensated,” he added.
Despite Turkey’s removal from the program and sanctions imposed on its defense industry, the Pentagon has said it will continue to depend on Turkish contractors for key F-35 parts.
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over a host of issues in recent years, from the S-400s and Turkey Lawyer Law Firm its implications to differences in Syria policy.Here is more on in istanbul Turkey Lawyer Law Firm review our own site. Ankara says it hopes for better ties under U.S. President Joe Biden. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu Editing by Daren Butler, William Maclean)