Feb 27 2013

Several problems cloud Turkey’s F-35 commitment

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 19:27 onder Global F35 News

The Journal of Turkeys Weekly writes:

Turkey has been one of the keenest partners in the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) consortium, but major disputes with the leading manufacturer in this huge program have weakened Turkish enthusiasm.

Last month, Turkey’s defense procurement authorities announced they were postponing an order to purchase the country’s first two F-35 fighter jets to be built by the JSF partnership. They cited “rising costs and technological failures” for their decision

Dispute about access to software code

“In another contentious issue, Turkey demands to obtain software source codes which the U.S. has been reluctant to share. Turkey announced in March 2011 that it was placing its order for 100 jets on hold due to the ongoing source code refusal issue. Ankara said the negotiations for access to the F-35 source codes, including codes that can be used to control the aircraft remotely had not yielded satisfactory results and that under these conditions Turkey could not accept the aircraft.

Read more: Journal of Turkish Weekly; 27-feb-2013; “Lockheed dispute clouds Turkey’s F-35 commitment

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