The United States does not intend to abandon the sale of F-16 fighters to the Turkish air force. This was stated by John Kirby (John Kirby), coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council.
What is known
According to Kirby, Joe Biden’s position has not changed. The US wants to move forward on this issue. He added that journalists should contact Senator Bob Menendez’s office or “the people on Capitol Hill” for more information.
In the meantime, the US cannot finally approve or ban the potential sale of aircraft, Türkiye was able to modernize the first F-16 fighter to the level of Block 70/72 on its own. As part of the ÖZGÜR project, the Block 30 aircraft was improved.
The upgrade involves the installation of an Aselsan active phased array radar, a new digital cockpit and a Turkish equivalent of the Link 16 communications system. The upgraded F-16 can carry 20 Turkish missiles, including Merlin and Peregrin, which are designed to replace the AIM-120 AMRAAM.
In addition to Block 30, Turkey plans to improve Block 40 and Block 50 aircraft. In total, more than 200 fourth-generation F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters will be upgraded.
Source: Daily Sabah