Obstacles to the supply of Ankara fifth-generation F-35 aircraft are pushing Ankara to search for alternatives, writes the state-run Turkish agency Anadolu. We give their material entirely.
In response to the readiness of the Turkish authorities to implement the contract for the S-400 air defense system, sources in Washington announced the impossibility of transferring the F-35 to the balance of the Turkish Air Force. To this, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt огavuşoлуlu stated that it’s not easy for Ankara to withdraw from the F-35 aircraft development program.
According to the minister, in case of realization of the worst of the scenarios, Turkey will seek alternative ways to meet the needs of the Air Force in fifth-generation aircraft. “In the event that it fails to acquire the F-35, Turkey will purchase similar aircraft from other countries. And this will continue until the construction of fifth-generation domestic fighters begins, ”Cavusoglu explained.
The statement of the head of Turkish diplomacy was made against the backdrop of the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow, which for many was a signal of the “Russian alternative” for the F-35.
The VKS of Russia is already armed with multifunctional aircraft of the fifth generation Su-57. Moreover, according to experts, the Russian aircraft has a number of significant advantages over the F-35 in terms of flight range, speed and maneuverability.
At the same time, the F-35 is more “invisible.”
American military aircraft also retain advantages in terms of data synthesis from detection devices, which is extremely important in modern warfare.
In addition, the “thirty-fifths” can coordinate the actions of other aircraft on the “enemy territory”.
The tasks of the Su-57 designers were slightly different than those of the F-35. The fifth-generation Russian aircraft was created with the aim of ensuring superiority over the enemy, threatening important air targets. That is why the principle of “invisibility” was not a priority for the creators of the Su-57.
The military doctrine of the Russian Federation involves the conduct of a battle with the “invisible” air objects, and does not focus on its own invisible airplanes.
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