October 15, 2019 / 9:05 PM / a month ago

Turkey's Erdogan says alternatives to F-35 jets ready, receiving offers

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a joint press conference with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic after their meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s alternatives for the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jets are ready and “offers are coming in”, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying by broadcaster NTV on Tuesday.

Ankara and Washington have clashed over Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses, which the United States says are not compatible with NATO defenses and pose a threat to Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 stealth jets.

Washington removed Turkey from the joint F-35 program after it took delivery of the S-400 systems in July. Ankara, a buyer and producer of the jets, has said it could look elsewhere.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Sandra Maler

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