Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) launched a campaign to prevent delivery of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey.
On the web site of the lobby organization, the following incriminating statements against Turkey were used:
“For years, Turkey has had its eyes on purchasing a Russian air defense system, the S-400. The issue becomes integrating that advanced anti-aircraft missile system with F-35 technology. Here’s a report from November 2017 explaining why that would be dangerous: Analysts worry that Turkey operating both the S-400 and F-35 together could compromise the jet’s security, as any data collected by the air defense system and obtained by Russia could help expose the joint strike fighter’s vulnerabilities. For a platform like the F-35, whose major strengths are its stealth and data fusion capabilities, that would be a disaster. There is a real danger in providing Turkey’s authoritarian president with advanced weapons that he may turn against our allies — including Greece, Cyprus, Israel, and Armenia — and, possibly even U.S. forces. There is also the likelihood that Turkey may leak highly classified F-35 technology to our adversaries, including Iran and Russia.”
Turkey is a partner in the U.S.-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program. Under the JSF program, Turkey has committed to procure a total of 116 aircraft. Also Turkish Army is the one of the most important client of project. Turkey placed its first JSF order in 2014 under its low-rate initial production 10 program, and its second order in October 2016. According to the timeframe of the manufacturing firm Lockheed Martin, the first F-35s must be delivered to Turkey within 2018. The remaining jets will be delivered by 2022.