Turkey's access to NATO technology will be restricted if it acquires Russian S-400 air defense system, said a senior U.S. Air Force official Heidi Grant, Defense News reported.
According to Grand, the actual achievement of Moscow-Ankara agreement on the S-400 could have a drastic effect on Turkey’s military cooperation with the rest of NATO.
“We’re going to have to start looking at, if they are going to go through with this, how we can be interoperable in the future. But right now, I can tell you our policies do not allow us to be interoperable with that system,” said Heidi Grant. .
Grant noted that the mentioned Turkish intentions would significantly complicate the planned delivery of Turkey’s first F-35s in 2018.
“It’s a significant concern, not only to the United States, because we need to protect this high end technology, fifth-generation technology” but for “all of our partners and allies that have already purchased the F-35,” she said.