Retired Turkish Air Force Major General Beyazit Karatas said that by "refusing to deliver the F-35 warplanes to Turkey, the US will do Ankara a really great favor.
"A decision to purchase American fighters will make the Turkish Air Force 100-percent dependent on the US and will impede the development of production of our domestic aircraft," Karatas pointed out.
He stressed that such a deal "will boost the strength of the US global arms market and will prevent Turkey from independently running its own air force."
"Perhaps, from an economic point of view this method is good, but we should remember that Turkish-American relations are currently not at the level that was in place before. Therefore, discussions about whether the F-35 is better than [Russia's] Su-57 make no sense. Turkey needs to look at this issue from a strategic rather than a technical point of view," Karatas concluded.
On Thursday, Turkey reportedly received the first two F-35 jets from the US at a delivery ceremony at Fort Worth, Texas.
The delivery was preceded by the US Senate voting 85 to 10 to include a provision targeting Turkey's participation in the F-35 program in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Washington has repeatedly expressed concern about Ankara's drive to buy Russian S-400 missile systems, warning that it is not interoperable with NATO and US military equipment.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, said that Ankara is considering alternatives to the F-35 fighters and that "the United States' ill-advised policy towards its strategic ally NATO could backfire against America itself."
Relations between Ankara and Washington soured after Turkey inked a loan deal with Russia in December 2017 for the supply of two batteries of S-400 air defense missile systems.
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