US said if Turkey proceeds with the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, after Ankara announced that the advanced missile complex will be ready for deployment before year-end.”If Turkey takes the S-400s there will be grave consequences,” the Pentagon said Friday, this shortly after Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said Russia will deliver the first S-400 batteries in October.
Charles Summers, the acting chief Pentagon spokesman, said Washington would refuse to sell Ankara F-35 fighter jets and Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems as a response.
Back in December, US State Department approved a possible sale of the Patriot missile system to Turkey, a NATO ally, for an estimated total of $3.5 billion. Later in January, a US delegation formally made an offer to Ankara over the sale. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said earlier this month that the two sides had started negotiating a Patriot deal.
According to the manufacturer of F-35 fighter jets, Lockheed Martin,Turkey plans to purchase “100 of the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing variant.” The US Congress, however, has so far opposed any possible F-35 sale to Turkey.
As a program partner, Turkish industries “are eligible to become suppliers to the global F-35 fleet for the life of the program,” according to information posted by Lockheed Martin.