The important stage regarding the F-16 sale of the USA to Turkey was completed as of the previous day and the review and objection process in Congress was completed. During the 15-day review and objection process, which started after the official notification sent by the US State Department to Congress on January 26, only the objection submitted to the Senate by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was brought to the agenda. While the bill submitted by Paul was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, no action was taken regarding the bill there.
Thus, after the official notification of the US administration, the 15-day period in Congress ended and there was no obstacle to the start of the sales process between the relevant institutions in accordance with the US Arms Export Control Act (AECA). According to the AECA law, the period in question is 15 days for NATO member countries and 30 days for non-NATO countries.
Turkey had requested 40 new F-16 Block 70 fighter jets and modernization kits for 79 aircraft in its inventory from the USA. Last year, some members of Congress removed additional articles stipulating the sale of F-16s from the US Department of Defense Budget bill.
US Ambassador to Ankara Jeffry Flake commented on social media regarding the US Congress’ approval of Turkey’s F-16 purchase. Ambassador Flake said, “Congress’s decision this week to approve Turkey’s purchase of 40 new and 79 modernized F-16 aircraft is an important step forward. Turkey’s F-16 fleet is vital to NATO’s strength, and the allies’ “It ensures interoperability in the future,” he said.