A different perspective on F-35 debates…

Upward trajectory of inflation rate doesn’t surprise me at all. You already know my thoughts on this matter as I’ve shared them with you on social media yesterday. That’s why I’ve decided to analyse the F-35 fighter jet issue, which is currently causing tensions to further escalate between the US and Turkey:

I certainly won’t talk about the past elections. I will have my own things to say once all these complications about the recently held elections are eliminated and the exact results are in. As if we didn’t have enough problems already, including Brexit, affecting Turkey directly or indirectly, now we have to deal with the F-35 trouble. But why does the US take this matter so seriously? Let me explain it to you in the simplest way I can.

As I served as F-16 Project Officer, I’m very well aware that fighter jet projects are conducted through a joint NATO network system called Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program intended to replace a wide range of existing fighter, strike, and ground attack aircraft for the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and their allies. When this program was initiated in 1996, I was serving as third-lieutenant in 1997, then later as a lieutenant for the F-16 Department. Since that time, F-16, F-15, F-18, A-10 aircrafts and the Harriers, which are capable of vertical/short take-off, have respectively joined the JSF.

Please note that none of these subjects fires at friendly targets even by mistake as all aircraft that are part of this program are integrated with “friend or foe” (IFF), a radar-based identification system.

When F-35 fighter jets were made part of the JSF, Denmark, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands have all signed an agreement to purchase military aircraft and produce its parts. So far, fighter jets were delivered to 7 countries that were parties to this agreement, and also to Israel and South Korea. Furthermore, pilot trainings and ground teams training were launched as set forth by the agreement. However, Turkey is currently blocked from purchasing aircraft, manufacturing aircraft components and accessing to other relevant trainings.

“About the S-400…”

For the reasons I mentioned above, as S-400 missile system sale between Turkey and Russia is not a part of this program, it is perceived as a great risk by the US and NATO subjects in the region. Turkey integrating another system purchased from Russia into the JSF is the biggest nightmare of the West, because, the information flow within the NATO will need to be transferred to the S-400 missile system too, in which case subjects included in the JSF will operate under the threat of S-400. So far, the allies are right to be concerned but…

I have also a particular question in my mind: If the US is so sensitive about S-400 missile system why it didn’t say anything about a Russian-supplied S-300 system in Greece? Maybe it was their intention to keep quiet in the first place to discover the operating principles of S-300 system. Accordingly, Russians did quite probably write different codes for the new S-400 system. We can’t know for sure.

On the other hand, military experts and defence industry experts are saying that the S-400 missile system doesn’t pose any threat to NATO’s integrated system, and the US is reacting so sharply for fear of losing market share as this system is way cheaper and more efficient that the American patriot system. Trump even delivers threat of sanctions to prevent India’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defence system.

Apart from all this, tensions between the US and Turkey keep escalating. It can be clearly seen that this statement, which was made right after the elections, was diligently scheduled. If the statement were delivered before the elections, we would then say that it was on purpose. Apparently, there’s another plan. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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