Haim Ronen posted:Turkey has received the first two F-35 jets from the US, but with a catch: the planes will stay in the US until end of 2019 as Turkish pilots are training to fly them and Senate continues attempts to bar Ankara from getting F-35s.The Russian S-400 is incompatible with the NATO's air defense systems so another benefit to the Russians is a chance to disrupt the alliance in terms of effectiveness as well as the relations among its members.
The plot thickens ........ UK as the only F-35 Tier-1 partner (together with USA) has been chosen to be a global repair hub for F-35. Located in North Wales the facility will be the European F-35 location for major overhauls & upgrades. Other work will include service of avionics, electronic & electrical, fuel, mechanical & hydraulic systems & ejection seats.
Whats missing ?? yup engines. Despite Rolls Royce involvement in the design & development of the main engine but significantly in the angled thrust vectoring system, no engine servicing (other than on base routine) will take place in UK. Lockheed have set up 3 european area engine maintenance facilities in Netherlands, Norway ...... and ...... Turkey. I can't find anything of the latest for that plan, I expect (hope) its under review.