The US approved the sale of 40 F-16 fighter-bombers to Turkey for USD 23 billion after its support for Sweden in NATO

The US approved the sale of 40 F-16 fighter-bombers to Turkey for USD 23 billion after its support for Sweden in NATO. (Europa Press) (Europa Press/Contact/US Air F/)

He US Department of State notified this Friday to Congress which approved the sale of 40 fighter-bombers F-16 and different related equipment for 23,000 million dollars Türkiyeafter what Ankara committed this week to allowing the entry of Sweden in the NATO.

“The sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the USA by improving the air capabilities of an ally of the NATO and (…) will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” they stated from the Department of State in the statement announcing the viability of the transaction.

From Türkiye They had been insisting to the secretary of US State, Anthony Blinkenwhich would help unblock the sale of these military aircraft, which was paralyzed in the Congress United States.

In fact, although he could still oppose, everything indicates that he will not do so after reviewing the documents signed by the president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoganto complete the transaction.

The formal notification of Department of State to Congress This operation is practically closed, which also involves the sale of modernization parts for another 79 aircraft. F-16 that you already own Türkiye.

From Turkey they had been insisting for months on the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to help unblock the sale of these military aircraft.  (REUTERS/Yves Herman)
From Turkey they had been insisting for months on the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to help unblock the sale of these military aircraft. (REUTERS/Yves Herman) (YVES HERMAN/)

In the statement of US Department of State It was detailed that the contracting company will be Lockheed Martin and that the sale will allow Turkey to “expand and modernize its fleet” with “multipurpose” combat aircraft that will ensure the defense of its airspace and the “interoperability” of USA with its partners NATO.

From Washington They added that the execution of this transaction will not have “any adverse impact” on the defense system of the North American country.

Erdogan had emphasized in recent months that the processes of ratification of the access of Sweden to the NATO and the sale of F-16 He had to advance simultaneously, making it clear that for him, too, both issues were linked.

“I hope that if they stay true to their word, our Parliament will also stay true to theirs.”The Turkish president even said, warning that his government would act based on what the US congressmen did.

So much Sweden as Finland They applied to enter the NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, but while the latter agreed in April, the former’s request collided with the constant refusal of Hungary and Türkiye.

Finally, the Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of the entry of Sweden in the NATO and Erdogan signed the law into law on Thursday.

From Washington they added that the execution of this transaction will not have “any adverse impact” on the defense system of the North American country.  (AP)
From Washington they added that the execution of this transaction will not have “any adverse impact” on the defense system of the North American country. (AP) (Yves Herman/)

A process that was delayed so much that damaged the sale of forty F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Greece -strategic rival of Türkiye– which also saw how the sale of these fighter-bombers already approved was unlocked this Friday for about 8.6 billion dollars.

Despite the promises of his Government, Hungary is the only member country of the NATO which has not yet ratified Sweden’s accession to the Alliance.

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbánjustified the delay, among others, with criticism from Swedish politicians regarding the authoritarian drift in Hungary.

In recent months, both Orbán and several of his ministers indicated that “Hungary will not be the last country to ratify Sweden’s entry (into NATO).”

(With information from EFE)

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