The United States is considering expanding sales of Lockheed Martin fifth generation F-35 fighter aircraft to five more countries. Among the states, Greece, together with Romania and Poland, are being considered in the context of strengthening the defense of European countries allied with the United States against a resurgent Russia, according to a Pentagon official.
In a written statement to the House of Representatives according to Reuters, Vice Admiral Matthias Winder, head of the Pentagon F-35 Office, notes that “future prospective Customers of Foreign Military Sales include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain, and Poland ‘.
Other US allies looking to buy F-35s are Finland, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. According to Winder’s testimony, the United States will respond to any formal request for aircraft information.
In the past year, Belgium announced that it chose the F-35 instead of the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace the older generation F-16 in a deal worth 4 billion euros. However, Germany has rejected the F-35 from a competition wort billions of euros worth after a domestic squabble due to Luftwaffe’s support for the fighter, as it would go against the domestic defense industry that manufactures the EF-2000 Typhoon.
Meanwhile, it is interesting to note the rejection of the Csavusoglu proposal to set up a working group where Turkey will prove that the S-400 will not pose a threat to the security of the US and NATO, has changed the landscape for good. The Pentagon has rejected the Turkish proposal, virtually terminating any hopes for an agreement with the US and NATO.
Speaking at the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting, the Turkish Minister made reference to the proposal he had brought without going into details. The Pentagon’s rejection is a major blow to Turkey, with the US government sticking to its initial position that the S-400 and the F-35 will never land on Turkish soil.
Americans insist that Turkey simply has to go ahead with the cancellation of the order, implying that Ankara placed itself in such a difficult position and is essentially deadlocked. Cavusoglu, during his statements, did not conceal his irritation and anger.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pachon said “a working group at the level of technocrats is not needed at this stage.” He added that this is not “the way the US is considering solving” the issue.