Pentagon preparing for alternatives should Turkey be ousted from F-35 program

By Tony Bertuca  
April 16, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has directed Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to begin planning for alternative supply options for Turkish-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts in the event Turkey remains suspended from the program or is expelled for its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, according to a defense official. Though the official, who requested anonymity to discuss such a sensitive foreign policy matter, said the Pentagon thinks there is a “remote possibility” Turkey will actually be...

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