US set to deliver 2 more F-35 jets to Turkey
Joe DellaVedova told Anadolu Agency the Turkish F-35 program of record, including ongoing training of Turkish F-35 personnel at Luke Air Force Base, is continuing "until otherwise directed."
"Turkey currently has two F-35As at Luke Air Force Base and two other aircrafts are in final preparations to go to Luke," said DellaVedova. "The first two aircrafts are currently scheduled to arrive in the country in November."
However, sources familiar with the matter said delivery of the latest pair would take place within weeks.
DellaVedova and sources avoided giving a specific date due to final preparations, technical issues, weather conditions and flight schedule.
In line with schedule conditions, the U.S. is supposed to send the aircraft of new delivery to Turkey within one to two years after flight trainings are completed under U.S. custody. ■