Washington plans to sell more than 400 new F-16 fighter jets
WASHINGTON, (BM) – A multibillion-dollar deal is set to finalize the U.S. government and liquidity company Martin, following approval for the sale of 90 F-16 fighter jets on Friday, he learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
It’s not just one customer or country, it’s several. as far as is known, 66 fighters of this type are ready to be manufactured and sold to Taiwan. The deal between the United States and Taiwan began rather slowly at first, but the two sides quickly finalized talks, given strained relations between Washington and Beijing. In reality, this will be Taiwan’s first US purchase of F-16 aircraft.
To this day, China considers Taiwan its territory, and any purchase by the Asian side of American or other Western military equipment has been met with protest by China.
Also, according to information from the Pentagon, Morocco is one of the potential future customers of the new F-16 fighter.
In total, the US military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin plans to sell up to 400 new vehicles abroad.
The F-16 remains one of the most coveted US military products in decades. Even after the recent events between Turkey and the United States, this fighter finds its future in countries that cannot really afford a fifth-generation fighter.
But what are the events that could negatively affect future sales of the F-16 and if Turkey is involved?
On July 4, 2020, exactly on US National Independence Day, Turkey launched new tests of S-400 anti-missile missile systems against US F-16 and F-4 fighters.
According to Turkish sources, the tests began at the Murt air base near Ankara and will continue until November 26. Turkey has not responded to US warnings of possible sanctions if testing begins.
Last fall, we also announced that Turkey was beginning testing S-400 radars, and that F-16 fighters and other aircraft would be launched into the air for this purpose.
Deliveries of Russia’s latest S-400 air defense systems, which have sparked a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington has asked to abandon the deal and buy US Patriot systems in exchange, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of F-35 fighters in Turkey, and impose sanctions. Ankara refused to make concessions.
How endangered is the F-16 by Turkish tests?
NATO states use a tactical data link that allows military aircraft and even ships and ground troops to share their tactical pictures in near-real time. This is called Link 16. NATO aircraft also use Identification Friend or Foe systems, known as IFF, to identify friendly aircraft in the sky.
If the IFF and Link 16 are integrated into the S-400 system, this action will allow the Turkish F-35, with the transponder, to fly within lethal range of the S-400.
This opens up all Link 16 and IFF tactical data link equipment to be compromised, a former radar and weapons military expert said.
However, Turkey’s actions threaten not only the F-35 fighter, but the entire stealth technology of the Americans
As Evening Courier and Fighter Jets World magazines reported on July 6, Turkey tested the delivered Russian S-400 Triumph on fifth-generation American fighters.
The test results were still not disclosed, but judging by the lack of complaints, it can be assumed that the country is completely satisfied with the complexes.
We are talking about the Russian S-400 air defense systems deployed at the Myurt airbase. Triumphs were tested at least three times on American stealth. AviaPro news agency indicates that not only F-35 aircraft, but also more classified F-22s appeared in the detection range of systems.
Fifth generation fighters were sent to rotation in the Middle East through the Black Sea and directly Turkey. Their route ran approximately 170-200 kilometers from the Turkish Air Force Airbase Myurt. Therefore, the Turkish side had a great opportunity to test the complexes for aerodynamic purposes.
“The Russian Federation supplied Turkey with two batteries of the S-400 system from July to September. S-400s are currently based at Myrted Air Base, located near the Turkish capital. Tests are scheduled to continue until the end of the year” Fighter Jets World magazine informed.
The Turkish department reported that Russian systems are being deployed and tested. It is likely that they are already ready for combat duty. However, it is possible that Turkey wants to get NATO approval to avoid criticism.
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