There have been increasing signals that Turkey might abandonits purchase of an additional 30 F-16 Block 50s, using as a pretext what itterms heavy conditions, including their sale via Foreign Military Sales (FMS)credit with no contribution to local Turkish industry as well as a ban onflights of the F-16 fighters in and around Cyprus.
There have been increasing signals that Turkey might abandon its purchase ofan additional 30 F-16 Block 50s, using as a pretext what it terms heavyconditions, including their sale via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) credit withno contribution to local Turkish industry as well as a ban on flights of theF-16 fighters in and around Cyprus.
Buying additional F-16s is meant to bolster
Whatever reasons lie behind the possibility of not going through with thepurchase of the additional F-16s, the European Eurofighter consortiumdelegation did not waste any time in visiting
Last week, the head of the promotion team for the Typhoons, Italian Alenia,was in
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), when it notified the USCongress in late September of last year of the Turkish decision to buyadditional F-16s, said, "This proposed sale will not adversely affect eitherthe military balance in the region or US efforts to encourage a negotiatedsettlement of the Cyprus questions."
The only difference in Turkey's case that played a role in the possiblecancellation of the F-16 purchase over a ban on Cyprus, among other things, hasbeen the fact that negotiations for the additional F-16s have now beenconducted by the Undersecretariat of the Defense Industry (SSM), the civilianprocurement agency, as opposed to negotiations conducted in the past by theMinistry of Defense.
"Turkish military personnel at the Defense Ministry accepted the US ban onF-16 flights in and around
But the SSM, as a civilian procurement agency that has long been resistingUS restrictions on technology transfers, rejected the US ban on F-16 flights inthe eastern
Murad Bayar, undersecretary of the SSM, reportedly told an audience thatgathered Turkish and US civilian and military and defense procurement officialsin Washington as part of the annual American-Turkish Council (ATC) meeting lastweek that the US should make a major overhaul of FMS conditions that do notallow, among other things, local industry participation and should relax restrictionson technology transfer and allow modifications to US-supplied weapons.
In response, the
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