En Kripto reports that Turkey is potentially looking at acquiring an additional 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on top of what is already planned. This was announced yesterday by the Turkish General Secretary for the Defence Industry Murad Bayar. This would cost Turkey an additional 2 billion dollars which would be made available earlier than was originally planned. Turkey has until next year to declare how many fighter it is planning to procure.
This move will raise the 11 billion dollar budget to 13 billion dollars during a difficult period economically. The General Secretary also stated that this move would also make it less likely for the Eurofighter Typhoon to be selected by Turkey before 2020, meaning that the Typhoon could be a contender then. Furthermore, Bayar also said that the Turkish Air Force would start receiving the first upgraded F-16s at the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011.