Erdogan: Turkey to build domestic fighter in 5-6 years

Turkey plans to build its own fighter jet domestically, which will be ready in the next five or six years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, amid an ongoing dispute with the United States over the purchase of F-35 jets.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said today, according to state media, that Turkey has made no promise to anyone that it will not deploy the Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite the dispute with the United States over such systems.

Washington has told Ankara that the S-400s are a threat to American F-35 fighters and has warned its NATO ally that it will face US sanctions if it does not abandon Russian systems. The US also removed Turkey from its F-35 construction program, in which Ankara was a buyer and manufacturer, in response to the agreement with Russia.