Mrt 25 2011

Turkish purchase of F-35 put “on hold”

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Turkish Newspaper Today’s Zaman reported Thurday March, 24 - 2011 that Turkey has announced that it is putting the planned purchase of 100 F-35 fighter jets from the US on hold, because the Pentagon refuses to share the source code used in the software designed for the aircraft as well as the codes that might be used externally to activate the planes.

Today’s Zaman: Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül said on Tuesday, following a meeting of the Defense Industry Implementation Committee (SS?K), that the negotiations over the F-35 procurement tender had not yielded “satisfactory results.”
He said, “We will evaluate the order in the next meeting, in light of the progress made in the talks by then.” He said much ground had been covered in the talks in terms of technology sharing, but this was not enough for Turkey to accept the jets.

Also cost increase

The minister also said the costs of the project had increased to US$16 billion (100 aircraft). The Turkish industry and defence want to have access to the source code, because: “Without the source code, Turkish engineers wouldn’t be able to make any changes to the software that operates the jets. The external flight codes are equally important, if not more, as they can be used externally to navigate the jets.”

Source:
Today’s Zaman; 24-mrt-2011; Turkey Puts F-35 Order on Hold Over US Refusal to Share Technology

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