F-35 Lightning II project's main contractor, Lockheed Martin, remove Turkey from the list containing the names of the participating countries under the program globally.
Lockheed Martin, the USA's main contractor for the F-35 Lightning II fighter, developed under the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, was listed in the "Global Participants" list on the website launched in June 2020 on the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, Turkey's name had been removed. Firstly savunmasanayistThis situation, announced by, is on the Twitter agenda again today. F-35 Lightning II regarding users who visited the website opened, they saw that the presence of Turkey's name on the list.
Turkey continues to produce parts up to 2022'y
This scandal so as not to overlap with the decision taken by Turkey Lockheed Martin F-35 Program continues to produce parts covered.
S-400 Triumf air defense missile system (HSFS) to Turkey due to supply F-35 and Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon suspends deliveries, the supply of parts for the Turkish company announced that it had discontinued from March 2020. However, the President of the Turkish Presidency Defense Industry Professor. Dr. In a statement made by İsmail DEMİR in the past weeks, it was stated that Turkish companies still continue to manufacture parts.
In this context, the statement made by Pentagon spokesperson Jessica Maxwell at the beginning of July shared the information that Turkish companies will continue to produce 2022 components for F-35 jets until 139, but the production will be decreased gradually.
Reaction from senators
US Senators James Lankford, Jeanne Shaheen, Thom Tillis and Chris Van Hollen, who reacted to this decision shared by Jessica Maxwell, wrote a letter to US Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper last week.
In a letter prepared by US Senator has made the following statement: "The United States, Turkey lifted in 2019, the supply of S-400 than those from multinational program and terminated because the official training for the Turkish jet pilots. In addition, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, Turkey has blocked the transfer of F-35 aircraft. US, Turkey has warned could take the S-400 Stealth F-35 in danger of use.
But Procurement and Maintenance Minister Ellen Lord told reporters in January that prime contractor Lockheed Martin and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney would allow Turkish manufacturers to fulfill their existing contractual obligations for F-35 components. This means that Lockheed will receive Turkish parts by the end of Lot 14 and these aircraft will be delivered to customers in 2022. Turkey's Defense Industry Chairman Ismail Demir, made on May 7, "after the United States in March 2020 there was a perception in Turkey for the F-35 will be nothing but this approach is no longer in this way. Our companies continue to produce and deliver, ”the statement confirms this situation.
Finally, in the letter, “It is clear that, based on the latest developments, the Pentagon does not follow its timeline or Congress resolution on the subject. "As the current approach requires you to re-examine the law and we encourage you to act quickly to ensure the removal of Turkey's production line." expressions were included.