On Sep. 14, 2019 Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 Frazor stealth fighter has arrived in Turkey for Technofest 2019 techno festival.
On Sep. 14, 2019 Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 Frazor stealth fighter has arrived in Turkey for Technofest 2019 techno festival, due to be held in Istanbul from Sep. 17 to Sep. 22, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told TASS.
“The multipurpose fighter jet Sukhoi Su-35 has arrived at Turkey’s Ataturk airport to take part in the Technofest exhibition,” the spokesperson said.
The UAC press service added that other Russian aircraft were expected to arrive for Technofest, but it did not specify their models.
However according to TASS Russia plans to display at Technofest the Su-35 fighter jet, which Ankara had shown interest in. Moreover MC-21 and SSJ-100 aircraft alongside Be-200 amphibious plane would be presented at the festival.
Russia’s Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said at the international aerospace show MAKS 2019 that Moscow and Ankara were considering the purchase of Russian fighter jets Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-57. After visiting MAKS-2019 in the company of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remarked he did not rule out the possibility of purchasing Su-35 and Su-57 instead of the United States’ F-35.
“Unfortunately, Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible. The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities. The United States has been actively working with Turkey to provide air defense solutions to meet its legitimate air defense needs, and this Administration has made multiple offers to move Turkey to the front of the line to receive the U.S. PATRIOT air defense system. Turkey has been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, but accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO Allies made to each other to move away from Russian systems,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, in a statement on Jul. 17.
If Turkey had to buy the Su-57 it would be the first country (outside Russia) to purchase the first Russian stealth fighter.
Photo credit: MAKS 2019