Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday that Turkey had committed to buy two F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets as part of a delayed order expected to be consummated in 2016.

Turkey’s defense ministry also said in a statement that it still planned to buy 100 of the advanced jets, retaining its role as one of the F-35’s largest export customers.

Lockheed and the Pentagon need export buyers to maintain or expand their planned purchases to support a production increase that is central to lowering the cost of the F-35. […]