Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that Ankara expects the delivery of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets in November, despite opposition from U.S. lawmakers and high-ranking soldiers.
"We expect the jets to arrive in Malatya [province] in November. We have finalized infrastructure work regarding this," state news agency Anadolu quoted Akar as saying in Ankara.
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He would not say how many jets would be transferred.
Turkey seeks to buy about 100 F-35s made by Lockheed Martin; Turkish pilots have already begun training in the United States.
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Some U.S. lawmakers, however, are concerned over Ankara's purchase of advanced Russian S-400 air defense systems among other issues.
Ankara says there is no turning back from the Russian deal, pointing out it wants to buy U.S.-made Patriots due to growing defense needs.
The Pentagon on March 8 warned NATO ally Turkey of "grave consequences" if it buys the S-400, according to Anadolu.
"They would not have access to Patriots and the F-35," acting Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said, according to Anadolu.
Turkey and the US have a working coordination on the development and delivery of F-35 jets "despite certain statements" in the U.S., Akar said on Thursday. He would not elaborate.