Turkey’s government and military planners must decide on the country’s commitment to a U.S.-led, multinational new-generation fighter jet program by mid-January 2014 at the latest, according to Turkey’s top defense procurement official.
Murad Bayar, head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has said Ankarawill renew an order for an initial batch of two F-35 aircraft soon. The order had been suspended in January.
Bayar said the SSM would submit a request to renew the suspended order to the Defense Industry Executive Committee in December or January 2014. The committee is the ultimate decision-maker in defense procurement matters and is chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Its other members are Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel and Bayar himself.