Tag: Turkish Air Force

Turkey Considers the Sukhoi Su-35 (and Chinese and/or Pakistani Fighters As Well)
If Turkish Ministry of Defense gives a thumbs up, Turkey will start official negotiations with Russia to go from F-35 to Su-35. On Aug. 10, 2019, the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Şafak reported that the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM - Savunma Sanayii Mustesarligi) asked the Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (MSB - Turkish...
Maj. Halit Oktay is the first Turkish pilot to fly the F-35
On Jun. 19, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet at Luke AFB According Daily Sabah, on Aug. 29, Maj. Halit Oktay became the first pilot from Turkey to fly on the F-35. On Jun. 21, Turkey took delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony...
Turkey to receive first F-35 on Thursday despite opposition from Congress
The sale of the F-35 to Turkey is particularly controversial, because Ankara also plans to purchase the sophisticated Russian-built S-400 missile system On Aug. 13, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a defense policy bill that will hold up the transfer to Turkey of 100 F-35 fighter jets, deepening a rift between the two countries over the...
Pentagon rejects Turkish request to hire F-16 instructors from Pakistan
Between 300 and 350 of the dismissed personnel after the thwarted coup were fighter pilots and as a result TuAF is now short of F-16 drivers The coup in Turkey last year has thinned the ranks of its F-16 pilots and the country had wanted to recruit instructors from Pakistan to train more pilots. However, the move has been blocked by...
The U.S. wanted the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190s destroyed as a condition for selling its used warplanes to Turkey Around fifty examples of Focke-Wulf Fw 190, one of the best fighters flown by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) during World War II, could have been buried in Turkey almost seventy years ago. The news was recently reported by Hurriyetdailynews.com which states...