Lockheed’s F-35 Fighter Jet Has a Turkey Problem

In August, Congress passed legislation that could block the sale of 100 of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 fighter jets to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian air defense system. That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Turkish companies will make about $12 billion worth of parts for the F-35, including key components such as the center fuselage and some landing gear. For certain items, like the cockpit display, Turkey is the only source in the world.
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