The Netherlands is stepping up its purchase of the F-35 fighter jets by adding another eight or nine jets to its order for 37 aircraft, following the U.S.’ ejection of Turkey from the F-35 program, Turkish aviation site Kokpit reported on Saturday.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier this week said his country was willing to step up and help fill gaps in the F-35 supply chain if the U.S. ejects Turkey from the program.
Washington on Wednesday removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program, following its procurement of the S-400 Russian-made air defence system, which according to the United States could collect data on NATO military operations and undermine their defences.
Ankara had signed up for buying 100 F-35s, the U.S.’ most sophisticated warplanes, and had invested $1.4 billion in the program. Turkish companies produce 937 of the plane’s parts.
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