LOL that's a funny post, the Pentagon struggles to operate so called fleet of F-35s due to incredible consumption of spares Aug 24, 2019 (plus dysfunctional ALIS)If it was for revealing the secrets of f35 to the russians, why didn't turkey just wait to order s400 until it already had a sizable operational fleet of f35?
Considering the heavy repercussions its going to face now, what more could have happened? Surely, US couldn't have lifted those f35 off turkey or declare war for such an issue?
; reportedly this is for testing (presumably important) aircraft (Aug 9, 2019):almost two and a half billion for "initial spares" for game-changers
Contracts For Aug. 23, 2019
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $2,426,326,544 for modification P00002 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-19-D-0015 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter initial spares for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Spares to be procured include global spares packages, base spares packages, deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages and associated consumables. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4%); El Segundo, California (9.1%); Owego, New York (8.6%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2%); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2%); Nashua, New Hampshire (5.8%); Torrance, California (5.5%); Orlando, Florida (4.9%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7%); San Diego, California (3.6%); Phoenix, Arizona (3.1%); Melbourne, Florida (3.1%); Irvine, California (2.5%); North Amityville, New York (2.4%); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (2.2%); Baltimore, Maryland (2.2%); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9%); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (1.8%); and Alpharetta, Georgia (1.8%). All orders are expected to be placed no later than December 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
so the Pentagon simply wouldn't send spares and hypothetical Turkish F-35s would have like one last sortie to fly at most