The Price of F-35 Fighter Jet May Rise; A Suicide Bombing in Egypt; Russian Airstrikes in Exercise
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 18 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Turkish official says F-35 price may rise following Ankara’s removal from program
The price tag for the F-35 fighter jet may rise following Washington’s decision to remove Ankara from the F-35 program, head of Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir said on Thursday, TASS reports.
“Turkish defense companies may have to deal with temporary financial difficulties following the United States’ decision but the defense industry will only become stronger. Turkish companies will manage to offset their losses but other companies will face a seven to eight million dollar increase in the F-35 price tag,” he said, as cited by the Yeni Safak newspaper.
Demir added that “Turkey has no intention to import military equipment until it becomes a necessity.”
Two killed in suicide bombing, four beheaded in Egypt’s North Sinai, sources say
A suicide bombing killed at least two people in Egypt’s North Sinai region on Thursday, a day after four headless bodies were found there, Reuters reports.
The victims of the bombing were a civilian and a member of the security forces, the sources said.
An Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement that security forces killed the bomber before he reached a checkpoint, which was his intended target. The spokesman confirmed that a member of the armed forces was killed after the bomber’s explosive belt detonated.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq agency, saying five members of the security forces were killed or injured.
Russian fighter jets deliver missile strikes against enemy command posts in Crimea drills
Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets from Russia’s Southern Military District practiced missile and bombing strikes against a notional enemy’s command posts and military hardware in drills at the Chauda training range in Crimea, the press office of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet reported on Thursday, TASS reports.
“As part of planned combat training measures, the crews of Su-27 and Su-30 multirole fighter jets from the Southern Military District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army based at the Belbek aerodrome delivered missile and bombing strikes against a notional enemy’s ground targets at the Chauda practice range near Feodosiya,” the press office said in a statement.
Under the drills’ scenario, targets at the practice range simulated a convoy of military hardware, standalone objects, and troops’ command and control posts. The fighter jets’ crews dropped bombs, launched air rockets and fired aircraft guns.
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