ISTANBUL --- Turkish companies’ removal from the F-35 fighter jet development project would cost the program $600 million, plus an additional cost of $7 million to $9 million per aircraft, Turkish Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) Chairman Ismail Demir said Thursday.
Ankara was suspended from the program nearly a year ago over its purchase of a Russian-made air defense system.
Demir was speaking at a panel organized by the Washington branch of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) on the defense cooperation between Turkey and the U.S.
He criticized Washington’s concerns on a NATO country’s use of a Russian system in terms of security, saying that Turkey has repeatedly stressed it will use the S-400 air defense systems as a single unit to protect its own weapon systems as well.
Turkey is ready for mutual work to find a solution for the concerns of Washington, Demir said, adding that Moscow has also explained its concerns in regard to the data of its S-400 systems, and Ankara is committed to protecting them. (end of excerpt)
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