US lawmakers urge President Biden's administration not to sell F-16 to Turkey

Democratic and Republican US lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that his administration stop the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

In a letter to President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, 11 members of the House of Representatives expressed "a profound sense of concern" about recent reports that Turkey may purchase 40 new Lockheed Martin F-16s and 80 F-16 modernization kits.

The Democratic and Republican US lawmakers said in their letter, dated 25 October, that "following President (Tayyip) Erdogan's September announcement that Turkey will purchase an additional tranche of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, we cannot afford to compromise our national security by sending U.S.-manufactured aircraft to a treaty ally which continues to behave like an adversary."

The letter added: "While we are confident that Congress will stand together to block any such exports should these plans progress, the United States cannot afford to transfer any advanced military equipment to the government of Turkey at this time,"


Reuters reported earlier in October that Turkey had made a request to the United States to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes. Ankara had also previously ordered more than 100 Lockheed Martin F-35s, but the United States removed Turkey from the program in 2019 after it acquired the Russian S-400s.