Military equipment was tested in Turkey last year, which caused strong discontent in the US Congress. The fact is that the Russian S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system and the American F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters were tested together.
According to Western officials, such a situation is impossible, which is why it caused a real hysteria in the United States. It became known from the message of one of the American publications, citing its own source.
The article appeared on the pages of the American edition of Defense News. The authors of the material claim that the US Congress perceived the tests that took place in Turkey as a public targeting of the Russian вЂњTriumphвЂќ at the American and the fighter. In other words, in the eyes of American officials, what happened is nothing more than a threat to all countries that own F-16 fighters and to the States themselves.
вЂњThis was not only a deliberate provocation but also happened the day after Erdogan visited the Oval Office,вЂќ the American newspaper writes.
Recall that after Turkey's acquisition of Russian S-400s, the United States suspended work on the modernization of Turkish F-16s, which was supposed to be carried out by the American company Lockheed Martin. In addition, the testing threatened a major $1.5 billion deal to supply Turkey with T129 helicopters to Pakistan.