This resolution would express the House of Representative’s concern for the U.S.-Turkey relationship over Turkey’s planned acquisition of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia. It would call for the termination of planned participation by Turkey in the F-35 aircraft industrial program and deliveries of roughly 100 F-35 aircraft to Turkey if it acquires the S-400 system. Allowing Turkey to have both could compromise the F-35’s stealth characteristics and undermine the NATO alliance’s joint development & use of the aircraft.
The resolution also acknowledges the historical ties between the U.S. and Turkey, including its contributions as a member of the NATO alliance. Turkey is one of the original nine partner nations in the development of the F-35 and only recently began training pilots on its first F-35 in Arizona. If Turkey acquires the S-400 system, this resolution would call for sanctions to be considered under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017.
As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if adopted.