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"Turkey's removal from the F-35 program will have minimal impact on the larger F-35 partnership," says @DeptofDefense Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord. #Turkey "will no longer receive 9 billion dollars in projected workshare" from the program.
NOW: Pentagon U/S Ellen Lord says Turkey's S-400 acquisition "would jeopardize the long-term security of the F-35 program."
Lord: Turkey's removal from the F-35 program will have "minimal impact" on the fighter jet. "Turkey will certainly and regrettably lose jobs," she says, citing $9 billion in gains to the economy.
Lord: Turkish pilots on the F-35 have "firm plans to leave the country" and 20 Turkish employees at the fighter jet's joint personnel office will no longer have access.
Pentagon will draw on US supplies "to bridge the gap initially," Lord says, "but this will gradually open up to program "
Lord: "We will work forward at this point to unwind the relationship."
Lord: "We have worked on alternative sources for 900 parts. We are working on a very orderly wind down through March 2020."
All of the Turkish pilots and maintainers in the US are being notified to leave the country now, Ellen Lord says.
Deputy U/S Policy David Trachtenberg says Turkish purchase of the Russian air defense system is "an unfortunate development ... obviously the S-400 is incompatible," but doesn't address whether Turkey can no longer participate in NATO integrated air defense
Trachtenberg doesn't comment on whether Turkey should stay in NATO. "That's a decision for the NATO alliance."
"Our strategic partnership continues...this is a specific response" to the S-400 decision
US spending $500-$600 million in non-recurring engineering costs in order to shift the F-35 supply chain, reveals Lord.
Lord, in closing, says that "Turkey is a strategic partner to the US," reiterating a theme DoD has tried to hit throughout the briefing