As first reported by Reuters on Monday, the US has blocked deliveries to Turkey by key F-35 fighter jet components and capabilities.
This follows repeated US warnings that Turkey would not be allowed to keep the F-35 & # 39; together with the Russian S-400 air defense system it also purchased.
Whatever the United States, it had no choice but to adopt this ban. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has systematically built American warnings over the past two years that he could either buy S-400 or F-35, but not both. And in that rejection, Erdogan has forced the US act to protect its security.
The security issue is very real. The S-400 is a high-performance air defense system and constitutes the area denied the baseline of Russia's war planning against NATO. But the key problem with Turkey's possession of both S-400 and F-35 is that it will give Russia access to valuable forensic details on how to more effectively target the F-35. Although the Turkish government prevented Russian intelligence officers from entering the F-35 avionics systems (and this is unlikely), Russian officers training Turkish in the use of the S-400 would gather traces and target data on Turkish F-35s. flights. It would give the Russian military a better opportunity to adapt their systems to the F-35's special signature and capabilities.
Considering how the US and its closest NATO allies would use the F-35 against Russia in a conflict, Turkey's possession of the F-35 was now completely unsustainable. In a war with Russia, the United States would, after all, use the F-35 to escort bombers to sorties against priority targets. However, if the Russians know how to better track the F-35s, their S-400 & # 39; will be more likely to shoot these jets and thereby deny NATO's effective air access to the space.
The United States may only allow F-35 exports to the most reliable allies.
Yes, the F-35 has had its growing pain. But the beam now stands as the world's most versatile jet jet and the world's second-best air superior jet jet. Erdogan thought he could have his Russian cake and eat American too. The United States has the right to educate him of his error.