Pentagon: Turkish pilots keep training on F-35s

Pentagon: Turkish pilots keep training on F-35s

Turkish pilots will continue to train with F-35 fighter jets at a U.S. Air Force base in Arizona, a Defense Department spokesman, Air Force Lieutenant Col. Mike Andrews said.

"Turkish pilot and maintainer training at Luke AFB is continuing," Anadolu Agency cited him as saying.

"I'm not aware of any delay in training at Luke. I have confirmed that the training is continuing. If that changes, we'll let you know," Andrews added.

The remarks are in contrast to comments made earlier in the day by Senator Jim Inhofe, who said a decision was made to stop training the Turkish pilots.

The U.S. announced on Monday that it would be suspending all "deliveries and activities" related to Turkey's procurement of the stealth fighter jet over Ankara's plans to purchase Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system.


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