Why Turkey wants new F-16 fighter jets

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In early October, Turkey requested to buy 40 new Lockheed Martin F-16V fighter jets along with 80 modernisation kits for its F-16 fleet from the United States. The timing of the request, for a deal worth billions of dollars, came mere days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on 29 September, met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and discussed vastly expanding military cooperation. The United States banned Turkey from purchasing fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters for its air force after Ankara bought advanced S-400 air defence missile systems from Russia. Turkey …

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