Ankara and Moscow are close to conducting an agreement to supply Turkey with 36 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets.
The agreement would also include a clause saying that Turkey will begin producing some components for Russian aircraft in the future, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper.
However, on 22 October the Chief of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shogayev expressed the view that it was “too early to talk about negotiations on the supply of Su-35 and Su-57 fighters to Turkey.”
During his visit to the Max-2019 air show, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed interest in buying Russian Sukhoi Su-57 fighters, to assure his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, of Turkish interest in buying Russian military aircraft. The Su-57 is however still in a prototype stage as a fifth-generation stealth aircraft, making it unlikely as an asset to be sold to a NATO member such as Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted at Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets from Russia instead of US-made F-35 jets, following a US decision to suspend Turkey’s participation in its stealth-type aircraft manufacturing program.