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Naval forces (Navy) of the United States required $ 206 million to search for suppliers of a number of components for the fifth generation fighter F-35 Lightning II due to “potential sanctions” to some foreign countries, according to the budget request of the Pentagon for the 2019 financial year.
According to The Drive, we are talking about replacing Turkish manufacturers of parts for the aircraft. The American edition drew attention to the statement by the Deputy Secretary of defense for purchases and Ellen Lord, made in June, according to which the beginning of 2020 will be “disciplined and graceful collapse” all related to the F-35 Lightning II Turkish contracts.
The Drive draws attention to the fact that the query specified military variants of the F-35B Lightning II (with short takeoff and vertical landing) and F-35C Lightning II (carrier-based), but says nothing about the F-35A Lightning II (air force). As a funding source for finding suppliers of components it is proposed to use the funds originally intended for the purchase of spare aircraft parts.
The publication notes that in fact the spending of the Pentagon to replace Turkish suppliers will be higher, however, doubts the ability of the US to find alternative contractors from Turkey. Also The Drive is reminiscent of the existing shortages of spare parts for the fighters that the request could still grow.
In June it was reported that Turkey, for fear of US sanctions due to the purchase of C-400 “Triumph” from Russia, have accumulated spare parts for their own fourth generation fighters F-16 Viper, made in America.
In June 2018, it became known that the United States may provide Turkey with the F-35 Lightning II with the reduced system ALIS (Autonomic Logistics Information System).
Turkey is one of the main partners of the United States to build the F-35 Lightning II. For the fighter of the Turkish enterprises produce about 400 items. Possible sanctions by Washington against Ankara associated with buying latest Russia anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 “Triumph”. In the United States believe that such systems will be used by Moscow to collect information on the F-35 Lightning II.
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