“Typhoons are very good… They could be a temporary alternative until we get our hands on the fifth generation TF-X, if of course we can not get the F-16s,” a Turkish source said.
In the market of fighter jets Eurofighter Typhoon It is possible that the Turkish government will “turn” if the request for the purchase of new F-16s from the United States and the modernization of existing ones is not accepted, according to MiddleEastEye, citing Turkish sources.
According to MiddleEastEye, the commander of the Turkish Air Force, General Hasan Kucukukayuz, visited the United Kingdom last month, where he had a meeting with the leadership of the British Royal Air Force, and more specifically with Commander Sir Mike Wingstone, on this issue.
«Typhoons are very good… They could be a temporary alternative until we get our hands on the fifth generation TF-X domestically produced, if of course we can not get the F-16sA Turkish source told MiddleEastEye.
It is noted that just two days ago, an opinion article was published in the pro-government Turkish DailySabah on the exact same subject, which was entitled “Instead of waiting for the F-16, Turkey should buy Eurofighter Typhoon”.
According to MiddleEastEye, the US Congress is not ruled out to give the green light for Turkish F-16s, after the next Turkish elections, which are normally scheduled for the summer of 2023.
In any case, it should be noted that, in order to sell Eurofighters in Turkey, they must also agree, in addition to the British (who have meanwhile, in recent months, to lift all restrictions on exports defense to Turkey), and the Germans, Spaniards and Italians.