US not to F-35 transfers to Turkey: Report

<p style="text-align:left">Transfers of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey will be barred temporarily under a defense policy measure agreed to on July 23, Bloomberg reported citing House and Senate aides.

According to the report, the Turkish receipt of the fighter jets would be held back until the Pentagon submitted an assessment within 90 days of the measure&rsquo;s enactment on United States-Turkish relations, the impact of Turkey&rsquo;s planned acquisition of Russia&rsquo;s advanced S-400 missile defense system, and the ramifications for the U.S. industrial base if Turkey is dropped from the international F-35 program.

The move is part of a $717 billion defense policy bill for fiscal year 2019 crafted by congressional negotiators that awaits final approval in the House and Senate, Hurriyet daily reported.

Turkey plans to eventually buy at least 100 F-35 Lightning II fighters under the U.S.-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

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