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Turkey orders first fighter jets from Lockheed Martin

FILE -This undated photo provided by Northrop Grumman Corp., shows a pre-production model of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. (AP Photo/Northrop Grumman, File)

ANKARA: Turkey has decided to place a firm order with US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin for two F-35 fighter jets, a defence source said on Wednesday.

"Two orders will be placed," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that they were due to be delivered in 2015.

NATO member Turkey plans to buy 100 of the F-35s over the next decade for about $16 billion (11 billion euros).

The JSF has been touted as a technological wonder and the ultimate stealth attack plane able to evade radar detection.

 

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