Turkish Sultan-in-Chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants his own aircraft carrier.
Middle East Eye reported that last year Ankara held consultations with London to procure a new or second-hand aircraft carrier last year, but the talks were inconclusive.
The report claims that the Turkish government inquired to purchase a Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier or a decommissioned one, but British officials denied that request.
“They have offered to sell the design of an aircraft carrier and provide technical support during the construction in Turkey,” Middle East Eye quoted one of its sources.
So now, the Turkish sultan wants its own aircraft carrier.
“After the consultations with the British government, Turkey has decided to build its own ship, instead of purchasing it,” another source quoted by Middle East Eye said.
Ankara is already currently building the TCG Anadolu amphibious assault ship. The ship’s design is based on Spain’s SPS Juan Carlos I (L-61) multipurpose amphibious assault ship. The TCG Anadolu is expected to be launched this year, with the capability to operate short take-off and vertical landing aircraft. The issue is that Turkey was excluded from the F-35 program as a result of tensions with the United States.
Therefore, it needs some fighter jet or helicopters, which can be used from this amphibious ship.
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