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Several sources disclosed to Middle East Eye (MEE) that Turkiye and the UK had held talks regarding a massive weapons sale, including fighter jets, transport planes, and warships.
According to reports, the Turkish and British Defense Ministers, Hulusi Akar and Ben Wallace, recently met in London to explore possibilities of Ankara purchasing Eurofighter jets, C-130J transport planes, and Type 23 frigates, as well as engines for outdated Turkish tanks.
The deal currently has an estimated cost of $10 billion.
A Turkish source told MEE, “We are evaluating our options on these platforms, but we aren’t in the final stages of negotiations.”
The talks between London and Ankara come as Turkiye is struggling to acquire F-16 jets and modernization kits from the US due to pushback from lawmakers.
Last week, the White House told congress that it is preparing the $20 billion F-16 fighter jet deal with Turkiye.
Political experts suggest that the deal is unlikely to receive approval by Congress as long as Turkiye continues to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO.
Tensions between Washington and Ankara flared following Turkiye’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 defense missile system, triggering US sanctions and sidelining Ankara from the embattled F-35 advanced fighter jets.
As a result of the US ban on sales, the Turkish military industry launched the ÖZGÜR project to modernize its F-16 Block 30 fleet and circumvent the undeclared sanctions on maintenance and upgrades.