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US, Turkey continuing F-35 collaboration

22 August 2018

Despite the US government bringing into effect a law that suspends deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, the programme office for the aircraft’s acquisition has claimed that it will continue to honour the project’s existing plans.

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has said it will execute the programme in accordance with the planning with all partners, Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson Eric Pahon confirmed to Jane’s on 21 August, despite the department announcing support for the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act’s (NDAA) mandate that a report is filed to Congress about the relationship the US has with Turkey.

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