Turkiye Taking Steps to Procure Fighter Jets Amid Eurofighter Uncertainty
© AP Photo / THOMAS HAENTZSCHELAn IRIS-T Missile stands in front of an "Eurofighter" during an official ceremony at the airbase of Rostock-Laage, northern Germany, on Monday, Dec. 5, 2005. The German "Luftwaffe" put the Short Range Air-to-Air Missile IRIS-T official into service Monday, replacing old "Sidewinder" missiles. The air-to-air missiles can also be launched using ground-based platforms to serve as air defense systems.
© AP Photo / THOMAS HAENTZSCHEL
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government would continue shopping around for fighter jets after the Eurofighter purchase deal ran into German resistance.
"We are on our way toward becoming a country that produces and uses its own weapons. We are also taking steps to continuously satisfy our needs for fighter aircraft," Erdogan told reporters upon his return from Germany.
The Turkish president traveled to Berlin on Friday in a bid to convince Chancellor Olaf Scholz to greenlight the sale of 40 Eurofighter multirole fighters, a collaboration of several NATO member states.
17 October, 13:52 GMT
Turkiye, a NATO member, has also sought to buy more F-16 jets as well as modernization kits from the United States to overhaul its aging fleet of F-16s, but last year the US Congress put the deal on ice after Ankara blocked Sweden’s accession to the military alliance.