PANAGYURISHTE, (BGM) – The United States is seriously considering suspending training for Turkish pilots on advanced F-35 fighter jets as Ankara moves ahead with plans to purchase a Russian missile defence system despite objections from Washington, sources told Reuters.
The two NATO allies have argued for months over Turkey’s order for the Russian S-400 defences, which Washington says are incompatible with the Western alliance’s defence network and would pose a threat to American F-35 stealth fighters which Turkey also plans to buy.
The Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant is ready to start mass manufacturing of the Su-57 fighter jet of the 5th generation, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said on Wednesday, TASS reported.
“We will get the first fighter jet [of this model] by the end of this year. We are already talking about mass production. We have assessed the jet’s readiness today, as well as the plant’s readiness to mass manufacture of Su-57. We were fully satisfied with what we saw and hope that all plans will be fulfilled,” Krivoruchko said.
Secretary General Stoltenberg says NATO pushes limits of what the alliance can do in cyberspace, Defense One reported.
In the latest signal NATO is adopting a tougher posture against cyber and electronic attacks, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week said that the defensive alliance will not remain purely defensive.
Stoltenberg told attendees at the Cyber Defence Pledge conference in London, “We are not limited to respond in cyberspace when we are attacked in cyberspace.”
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Source: Defense One, Reuters, TASS