GROUNDED

HEADLINES

TURKISH F-35A PROGRAM ON THE BRINK

Turkish F-35 pilots in training at Luke AFB were grounded in June as pressure mounted on the country’s deal with Russia for advanced surface-to-air missiles. USAF/ SrA Ridge Shan

THE ACTING US Defense Secretary announced on June 7 that F-35A training for Turkish personnel would end at Eglin AFB, Florida and Luke AFB, Arizona and 42 pilots and maintainers would need to leave the country by July 31. The announcement came as part of a proposal to end Turkish participation in the Joint Strike Fighter program following its refusal to end plans to procuring S-400 Triumf air defense systems from Russia.

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