Russia ready for talks with Turkey on Su-35, Su-57 fighter jets
Russia is prepared to hold negotiations with Turkey on the possible delivery of Su-35 and Su-57 fighter aircraft, depending on a corresponding request from Ankara, a spokesperson for the country’s executive body responsible for control and oversight in the field of military-technical cooperation said on Friday.
Turkey has been informed about the technical specifications of the Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters, Russian state-run TASS agency cited spokesperson for Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Valeria Reshetnikova as saying.
"If there is a request from Turkey for these planes, we are ready for negotiations on this issue," the official said.
Turkey has shown interest purchasing either Russian 4.5 generation Su-35s or fifth-generation Su-57s after the country was suspended in 2019 from the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme over purchasing the S-400 air defence missile systems from Russia and it had its order for at least 100 of the jets cancelled by the United States.
"The Turkish side has for quite long stated its intention to implement the project of developing its own TF-X fifth-generation fighter,’’ Reshetnikova said. "Russia earlier indicated that it was ready to consider the possibility of cooperation under this program. However, we have not received the corresponding request from Ankara so far.’’
Turkey is aiming to build its own fighter jet, the TF-X, which is planned to enter service in the 2030s, but the programme has suffered hiccups due to technological issues.