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    The US military contractor Lockheed Martin has signed off on a deal to produce cruise missiles for fifth generation fighter jets F-35 in partnership with the Turkish firm Roketsan, a statement published on Lockheed Martin's website said.

    WASHINGTON, October 23 (RIA Novosti) - The US military contractor Lockheed Martin has signed off on a deal to produce cruise missiles for fifth generation fighter jets F-35 in partnership with the Turkish firm Roketsan, a statement published on Lockheed Martin's website said.

    "Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with the Republic of Turkey and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on the very important project," Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Executive Vice President Rick Edwards said in the statement published Wednesday.

    Edwards confirmed that the missiles will be tailored to the specific needs of the F-35 Lighting II jets.

    The two companies will jointly develop and produce the missiles.

    Roketsan, which was founded in 1988, participates in NATO programs in the defense of Europe.

    Lockheed Martin, which also developed the F-35, has touted the jet fighter to be a fifth generation jet with stealth evasion capabilities, supersonic speed and extreme agility.

    However, the jet has been the subject of a lot of criticism regarding pilots' complains about being unable to view some areas outside the cockpit.

    In a 2013 US Inspector General report, criticism was levied upon both the US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin for not fully implementing rigorous designs for the F-35 aircraft.

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