Sept. 7 UPDATE:
In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters amended the Sept. 1 article to make clear that the U.S. sale of F-35s to Turkey was suspended. See below for a detailed update.
In the context of potential U.S. sales of the advanced F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates, Reuters has repeatedly misreported that Turkey is among the American allies who in the past have received the aircraft. Most recently, a Sept. 1 article by Lisa Barrington and Dan Williams ("Amid talks with Israel, UAE pursuit of stealth jets rumbles in background") erred:
The United States has sold the F-35 to allies including Turkey, South Korea, Japan and Israel.
After a year of speculation about what would happen to Turkey’s F-35s after the country was ousted from the joint strike fighter program last year, the Defense Department gave its definitive answer Monday evening in a characteristically anticlimactic manner — through its daily contract announcements.
The U.S. Air Force will officially buy eight F-35A conventional takeoff and landing jets originally built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey as part of a $862 million contract modification . . .
Turkey had planned to buy 100 F-35As over the course of the program, but was ejected from the program last July after accepting the S-400 air defense system from Russia after repeated warnings from U.S. officials. At that point, Turkey’s first F-35s had already rolled off the production line and its pilots and maintainers were training to fly and fix them stateside alongside U.S. personnel at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. However, the aircraft were never officially delivered to Turkey.
The United States has sold the F-35 to allies including South Korea, Japan and Israel. A previous sale to Turkey was canceled after Ankara decided to purchase advanced Russian-made air defense systems.