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Turkish F-35 delivered to training base in Arizona, officers say

FILE PHOTO: A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin on April 25, 2018. REUTERS / Axel Schmidt / Filfoto

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ̵

1; A Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter Turkey arrived on Wednesday at the Luke Air Force Base training center in the middle of a dispute with the United States over the planned purchase of a Russian missile system, an air force chief said on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that the United States stopped supplying equipment related to the fallen F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey. It marked the first concrete US step to block the delivery of the jet to the NATO ally in the face of Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system.

This is the first of two jets expected to be delivered to the base this month. Two Turkish jets are already at the bottom. The second jet is scheduled to arrive at the base on Friday, said the Air Force official.

The Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, has spoken back from Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system rejected by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The United States has said it would endanger the safety of the F-35, the most advanced US fighter aircraft.

The United States and other NATO allies who own F-35 are afraid of the radar on the Russian S-400 missile system, will learn to track and track the chip, making it less able to evade Russian arms.

In an attempt to persuade Turkey to drop its plans to buy the S-400, the United States offered the US patriot anti-missile system in a discounted deal expiring in late March. Turkey has shown interest in the Patriot system, but not at the expense of abandoning the S-400.

Turkey has recently dealt with US dealers to buy the Patriot system, and a person familiar with the case said on condition of anonymity. The system is made by Raytheon Co.

Reporting Mike Stone in Washington; Editing Chizu Nomiyama and Phil Berlowitz

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