Ankara plans to buy jets causing unease in Athens
Ankara is to order a further 24 Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said in an interview with broadcaster A Haber yesterday. Turkey is expected to receive the stealth fighters in 2018. According to sources, Ankara plans to acquire 116 F-35s to replace its fleet of F-16 jets. The news has caused unease in Athens in the wake of a string of provocative statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan relating to the sovereignty of Greek islands.