US sanctions on Turkey: They pulled the plug from the Turkish defense industry – As a NATO power, the country is almost completely dependent on the US, in terms of know-how and spare parts.
They “kill” her Turkish defense industry the harsh sanctions imposed by the United States. Now, with Washington’s move, Ankara’s military plans are in the air.
As a NATO power, Turkey is almost entirely dependent on the United States for know-how and powers to build both missile systems and warships.
According to SKAI, one of the first “victims” of the sanctions seems to be construction program of 100 T-70 helicopters, which constitute copies of the American Black Hawk and manufactured in Turkey after the relevant licenses have been granted. By imposing sanctions, Turkey will not be able to complete the program, nor will it be able to export helicopters to other countries.
«This program is also the first to be affected because the process for its implementation includes the issuance of licenses by American companies that produce parts for helicopters, to Turkish companies. With the ban, this program will stop and be suspendedsays Faidon Karaiosifidis, Aeronaut – Director of “Flight” magazine.
The past seems to be soon the ambitious upgrade plan of the Turkish F-16 with modern radar manufactured by the Turkish company Aseslan. Ankara claims that this radar will be much higher than that of the upgraded Greek F-16s, but without American help and know-how, this plan is going to fail. “Both for aircraft and surface ships. You realize that it is an important measure. “Because most of the weapons systems carried by ships, submarines and carriers made in Turkey are of American origin,” Stelios Fenekos, Admiral EA, told SKAI.
There is also doubt export of the ADA corvette, which carries mainly American weapons and electronic systems. Ankara planned to sell 4 corvettes to Pakistan but their export falls on a wall after US sanctions.
At the moment, with the ban, there is essentially a universal withdrawal of Turkey’s ability to export products that incorporate American technology, notes Mr. Karaiosifidis.
The Turkish had the same fate T-129 helicopter, which was equipped with American engines. The United States has blocked the export of 50 helicopters to Pakistan, with Turkey looking for new customers in the international market. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
The sanctions threaten the viability of the Turkish defense industry as a whole, as not only is the US Export Bank lending and lending suspended, but the United States is expected to demand the same attitude from other international financial institutions.
This development, however, brings Turkey one step closer to final expulsion from the F-35 program while without American help, the development of a 5th generation Turkish fighter is like a science fiction scenario.
Turkish weapons in danger
- F-16 radar type AESA
- T-70 helicopters manufactured under American license
- Corvette ADA can not be exported to Pakistan
- T-129 helicopter export ban
- 1. F16 upgrade with AESA radar (equivalent to the Greek VIPER). Turkey is importing components and know-how to develop its own fighter radar
- F-16. There is a danger that the supply of materials and plans to the Turkish Defense Industry will stop.
- S-70 helicopters. Turkey had obtained permission to build the American S-70 helicopter, named T-70. This venture is in jeopardy if the US revokes the relevant licenses.
- Corvette ADA. Great dependence on American material. The corvette is made in Turkey and will be sold in Pakistan. Maybe the Americans are blocking exports.
- T-129 helicopter. Made in Turkey with Italian hull and American engines. In the past, Turkey wanted to sell 50 helicopters to Pakistan and the US blocked its engine exports. Today, Turkey is looking for engines in the international market in order to be able to export helicopters.
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