Turkey confirms interest in Eurofighter Typhoon, should F-16 deal fail

Turkey buy Eurofighter Typhoon F16
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon multirole combat aircraft. The Typhoon is currently targeted by Turkey.

When we published in May about Turkey's interest in Eurofighter Typhoon some had expressed doubts about this possible deal, however, now the news has been officially confirmed.

Turkey's presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın said in recent days that they could purchase the Eurofighter Typhoon if the Lockheed Martin F-16 jet deal with the United States fails. He confirmed that they already have negotiations underway with Europe for the Typhoon and that they will never run out of alternatives.

Turkey requested 40 F-16s and nearly 80 modernization kits from the United States for its current aircraft in October 2021.

Kalın said the US administration is in favor of the sale of fighters to Turkey, as does the Joe Biden administration, which in June offered its support for such a potential sale after Ankara lifted the veto on NATO membership for Finland and Sweden.

However, Turkey rejected the condition set by the US House of Representatives in July 2022 which aims to prevent F-16 jets from being used to breach Greek airspace. Should this veto not be lifted, Ankara will most likely buy fighters outside the United States. As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently confirmed, they have various alternatives in the UK, France and Russia.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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