Turks Call the F-16 “Junk” After Watching this Video of the Su-35 Demonstration at Technofest 2019

Turks Call the F-16 Junk After Watching this Video of the Su-35 Demonstration at Technofest 2019

By Dario Leone
Sep 23 2019
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Turks seem to consider the Su-35 way better than the F-16 already in service with the Turkish Air Force.

Filmed on Sep. 14, 2019 the video in this post feature the incredible Su-35 demonstration at Technofest 2019 techno festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

As reported the Russian Air and Space Force Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-57 multipurpose fighter jets were sent in Turkey to take part in the Technofest exhibition,” Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) spokesperson said.

After watching the Su-35 demonstration at Ataturk airport, Turkish people seemed quite impressed by the flight capabilities of the Russian fighter. In fact, they seem to consider the Su-35 way better than the US-built F-16 already in service with the Turkish Air Force.

Here are several comments they left on YouTube.

Turks Call the F-16 Junk After Watching this Video of the Su-35 Demonstration at Technofest 2019
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Metin Eksa:

“Watching the flight of this plane, I dreamed that this plane would become our fighter jet made at our plant. Today we don’t need the American devil, but the Russian bear is needed.”

Phönix – Diriliş başladı:

“It is much better than the American junk! America doesn’t take anybody except Russia seriously.”

As told by Stalker Zone, other users call the F-16 Fighting Falcon “American junk – F-16” and ask to replace it with Russian fighter jets.


“At 02:34 ‘Pugachev’s cobra’: an ideal combination of aerodynamics and thrust vectoring.”

Yavuz Ortakci:

“We’d better get involved in SU-57 production.”

Galip Sayin:

“It is unknown whether the Russians will approve the transfer of technologies, but if yes, then 20-30 of such planes must be bought.”

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 Ministry of Defense) to formally weigh in on the possible purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker. I will start official negotiations with Russian state agency ROSOBORONEXPORT if the military approves the proposal.

This request obviously follows the removal of Turkey from the F-35 program in July when Turkey received the first installments of the S-400 ground based air defense missile systems from Moscow.

Photo credit: TASS

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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