January 11, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch
Agence France Press is reporting that Turkey confirmed Jan. 11 it has postponed an order to purchase its first two U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets due to technical problems and rising costs, but said it still intends to buy 100 more in the long run.
“Due to the current state of the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) … and the rising cost … it was decided to postpone the order placed on Jan 5, 2012, for the two aircraft,” the Undersecretariat for Defence Industry (SSM) said in a statement.
AFP noted that the SSM, the public body responsible for Turkey’s arms purchases, said the decision was taken because the technical capabilities of the aircraft were ”not at the desired level yet.”