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US propose F-16 sales in return for F-35 investment: Erdogan
October 17, 2021

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that the United States has proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Ankara in return for its investment in the F-35 programme.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara before departing for a trip to West Africa, he said Turkey wants a return for its investment of one point four  billion dollars in the F-35 programme and negotiations are ongoing on. 

Turkey had ordered more than 100 F-35 jets, but the U.S. removed Ankara from the programme in 2019 after it acquired Russian S-400 missile defence systems.