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Erdogan says alternatives to F-35 jets ready, receiving offers

TAGS: Turkey, Defense

Turkey’s alternatives for the US F-35 stealth fighter jets are ready and “offers are coming in,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying by broadcaster NTV on Tuesday.

Ankara and Washington have clashed over Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses, which the United States says are not compatible with NATO defenses and pose a threat to Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 stealth jets.

Washington removed Turkey from the joint F-35 program after it took delivery of the S-400 systems in July. Ankara, a buyer and producer of the jets, has said it could look elsewhere. [Reuters]

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