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Sat Oct 6, 2018, 01:42 PM

Lockheed's F-35 has a Turkey problem

Congress could block the sale of fighter jets to Turkey. The only problem? The country manufactures essential parts for the F-35.

In August, Congress passed legislation that could block the sale of 100 of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 fighter jets to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian air defense system. That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Turkish companies will make about $12 billion worth of parts for the F-35, including key components such as the center fuselage and some landing gear. For certain items, like the cockpit display, Turkey is the only source in the world.

Turkish Aerospace Industries

Together with Northrop Grumman, TAI manufactures and assembles the center fuselage, weapons bay doors, and air-to-ground pylons used to carry equipment

Ayesas

Is the sole supplier for two major F-35 components—the missile remote interface unit and the panoramic cockpit display

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/lockheeds-f-35-has-a-turkey-problem/ar-BBNYdYB?li=BBnbfcN

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