Turkey Offers to Assemble F-16 Block 70

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 06:24 AM, January 12, 2023
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Turkey Offers to Assemble F-16 Block 70
Turkish F-16 @Turkey MoD

Turkey has expressed interest to assemble Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70 fighter, reports say.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has conveyed to Lockheed Martin that it wants to take part in the new F-16 supply point.

“If they allow, we can assemble the F-16s,” TAI General Manager Temel Kotil was quoted as saying by Defence Turk Wednesday.

Experts from the U.S.-based company visited Turkey to investigation.

Ankara’s request to add 40 new F-16 Block 70/72 jets to its Air Force’s fighter fleet and buy 80 modernization kits for old ones has been in troubled waters ever since it bought S-400 missile systems from Russia. The said deal even cost Turkey a spot among elite countries chosen to take part in producing components for the F-35 Lightning II, and an opportunity to buy them.

Turkish manufacturers are currently upgrading old F-16 Block 30s to Block 70 level, and this includes adding MGB mission computers, a new console with a multi-functional color screen, IFF Mod 5/S “friend-foe” system that is similar in capabilities to NATO’s KY58 and KY100, and a MURAD AESA radar.

The country’s Air Force is poised to receive the first upgraded F-16 this year.

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