Ankara, Turkey – The president of the Turkish Defense Industries declared that the country is not seeking to acquire the next-generation fighter jet F-35 “at any cost.” Turkey’s move to hire the prominent US law firm Arnold & Porter was not an effort to re-enter the F-35 program but to seek compensation.
What Turkey is saying is that it does not desperately need to rejoin the program. Turkey is saying there is an injustice that needs to be remedied.
The goal of all efforts is not necessarily a return to the program, but to seek compensation for the injustices Turkey suffered and the arbitrary loss of rights.
Turkey was excluded from the US F-35 program after purchasing the S-400 Russian missile defense system. Turkey was an active participant in the program, having been involved in research and development as well as having ordered 100 jets for its air force.
In December 2020, the United States brought sanctions against numerous individuals from the Turkish defense industry. Turkey hired Arnold & Porter to represent its interests in Washington in February 2021.