Visiting the Capitol, the Greek Prime Minister wants to acquire the F-35 and warns against Turkey

Since the beginning of the 70s, ie even before its accession to the European Union (1981), Athens has always pursued a balanced strategy of equipping its air forces, relying simultaneously on American and French aircraft. In the 70s and 80s, the Mirage F1s evolved under a blue and white cockade alongside the F4 Phantom 2, F5 Tiger II and A7 Corsair 2, while in the 90s, the Hellenic Mirage 2000s completed its fleet of F-16s. Today, the Greek authorities intend to extend this model which gave convincing results to contain the tensions with the Turkish neighbor, by acquiring French Rafales, and…

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US Congress may authorize the export of new F-16 Block 70 Vipers to Turkey

In October 2021, the Turkish authorities had officially submitted a request to the Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, the American organization in charge of arms export files to the allies of the United States, to acquire 40 new F-16s. Block 70 Viper and 80 kits to bring its own aircraft to this much more advanced and efficient standard than the F-16 C/D Block 52 currently in service with the Turkish Air Force. If President Biden promised to do what he could to bring this request to fruition, the American Congress, which firmly controls US arms exports, had opposed it, against the background of the crisis concerning the acquisition…

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Turkey remains determined to receive a second Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft battery

Since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, Turkey has shown a posture consistent with its NATO alignment, in particular by closing the straits and thus preventing Russian ships positioned in the Mediterranean from reinforcing the Navy fleet. Black. In addition, Ankara has actively supported Kyiv's military effort, in particular by delivering Bayraktar TB2 drones, the latter having played an important role in harassing Russian units during the offensive against Kyiv, as well as in the conduct of Ukrainian strikes against Russian naval units present in the Black Sea, including against the cruiser Moskva. This change of…

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Turkey is again interested in the Franco-Italian SAMP/T anti-aircraft and anti-missile system

Relations between Europe, and in particular France, and Turkey have been tumultuous in recent years, to say the least. Between the Turkish intervention in northern Syria against the Kurdish allies of France and the United States, the military support provided by Ankara to the Tripoli regime in Libya, and the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the Aegean Sea and around Cyprus, the points of friction between Ankara and Paris were not lacking, and relations between the two countries, as between the two heads of state, had become very difficult. At the same time, the Turkish decision to acquire the anti-aircraft system at…

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Turkey sinks into denial over defense programs

By dint of wanting to play on several fronts at the same time, Ankara now seems to see the prospects for its ambitious defense programs come up against the reality of international relations. Thus, within the framework of the T-FX program aimed at designing a new generation fighter bomber to replace the oldest F-4 and F-16, and which still expects to produce a first prototype by 2023, the director of industries Turkish defense forces, Ismail Demir, announced on December 4 that the new device would be powered, in its initial version, by the F-110 reactor from the American General Electric, the reactor which notably equips the F-16…

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Unsurprisingly, the US Congress is hostile to the export of F-16s to Turkey

The situation tends to become more complex for President Erdogan in the matter of the acquisition of new 40 new American F-16s as well as 80 kits to transform part of his 240 aircraft in service into F-16 Block 70 Viper, the most advanced version of the Lockheed Martin aircraft, notably carrying the new EASA AN/APG-83 radar, as well as modernized avionics and an advanced self-defense suite. Indeed, while US President Joe Biden kicked into touch by promising his Turkish counterpart RT Erdogan to “do everything he can” to push this request forward, in a diplomatic way…

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Joe Biden vows to do 'all he can' for new Turkish F-16s

As we wrote, President Erdogan's request to the United States to acquire around forty new F-16 fighters, as well as 80 kits to modernize part of his fleet to the Block 70 Viper standard, clearly the American authorities, and in particular President Biden, in a very delicate position, especially since Ankara threatens to turn to Russia and its Su-35s or even Su-57Es if Washington were to refuse these licenses export. At the same time, the Turkish authorities continue to negotiate with Moscow the acquisition of new S-400 systems, as well as technological partnerships in the field of…

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Washington ready to sell new F-16s to Turkey according to RT Erdogan

Relations between the United States and Turkey have been tense for several years, and tinged with a game of lying poker which President Erdogan seems to indulge with a certain relish on the international scene. But since the entry into service of the S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems acquired from Russia, the position of the Turkish president has become considerably more complex with the sanctioning by Washington of what is sometimes presented, in a way questionable, as "NATO's second army", depriving Ankara of certain key technologies for its own defense programs, such as the Altay tank and the T129 helicopter. Worse still, it...

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Turkey wants 40 new F-16s and 80 modernization kits from the United States

With 245 F-16 fighter planes in the fleet, the Turkish Air Force is the third largest user of the Fighting Falcon on the planet after the United States and Israel, and as such represents an essential component of the Turkish defense system. on the southern flank of the Alliance. However, some of these devices are starting to show the weight of the years, and even if the majority of the fleet has been brought to the Block 50+ standard, it is now marking time in the face of the arrival of new, more efficient devices, such as the Russian Su-35 and Su-57, but also, and above all, against the Rafale and F-16 Block…

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What answers if Turkey bought S-400 systems from Russia again?

Turkish President RT Erdogan has once again met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the seaside town of Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea. Among the many topics discussed by the two heads of state, Ankara's acquisition of a second regiment of S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems appears to be the most problematic from the Western point of view. The first order of two complete S-400 batteries in 2017 by Turkey provoked a strong response from Washington, Donald Trump having, after much procrastination and pressure from Congress, decided to exclude Ankara from the F-35 program, and to cancel in 2020 the order for 100…

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