The United States has informed Ankara that it has removed Turkey from the F-35 Joint Attack Aircraft (JSF) program.
The Memorandum of Understanding, first signed by partner countries in 2006, was terminated for Turkey’s official withdrawal from the F-35 JSF program. The memorandum of understanding with 8 other partners of the F-35 JSF Program has been renewed. Relevant developments were reported to Ankara by the USA. Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, an official from the USA stated that new partners were not included in the agreement.
Turkey signed a $ 750 thousand agreement for 6 months with Arnold & Porter law firm from the United States to re-participate in the F-35 program and maintain its existing rights.
In February 2021, Turkey had reached an agreement with one of the most prestigious US law firms to return to the F-35 fighter jet program and deal the retain rights. Defense industry technologies (SSTEK), a subsidiary of the Department of Defense Industry (SSB), has agreed with Arnold & Porter, one of the most prestigious law firms in the United States, to re-enter the F-35 program.
A total of US $ 750,000 will be paid by SSTEK to the law firm of Arnold & Porter for six months: US $ 200,000 per month for the first three months (a total of US $ 600,000) and then US $ 50,000 per month for the next three months (a total of US $ 150,000). According to the contract, the Arnold & Porter law firm did not guarantee Sstek any “success” in relation to the outcome of its activities.
As stated by Foreignlobby, within the scope of the agreement, which entered into force on February 1, 2021, 750 thousand dollars will be paid to Arnold & Porter law firm for a period of 6 months. Arnold & Porter, Turkey served as a consultant for the Joint Strike Fighter would be covered by the Special Program.