Spokesperson of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin has confirmed the news that Ankara is considering the possibility of purchasing F-16 fighter jets from the United States.
Kalin told Milliyet that Turkey seeks to “upgrade” its jets, noting that the issue is “in the stage of consideration”.
Earlier, Reuters had reported that Turkey has asked for 40 new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets and almost 80 collections in order to upgrade its F-16 fighter jets.
The country is seeking to modernize its air forces after it was prohibited from purchasing the F-35 Lightning II invisible fighter jets of the fifth generation. The United States dismissed Turkey from the process of developing the F-35 in 2019 since Ankara had purchased S-400 missile systems from Russia.
Turkey has 270 F-16 planes, the third largest in the world, as well as all the models of Block 30/40/50.