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South Korean Lawmaker Says F-35s Grounded 172 Times Over 18 Months

Citing the country's air force data, a South Korean representative said that over an 18-month period, the F-35 was grounded 172 times, with an additional 62 cases in which the jets flew, but weren't able to carry out their mission. Technically still at war with neighboring North Korea, South Korea has an extensive air force and is one of the largest buyers of the F-35. But the much praised aircraft has seen numerous production setbacks and the US Air Force has even admitted to its high expenses, with an estimated price tag of 1.7 trillion dollars for the aircraft's lifetime cost. Turkiye, which was once part of the F-35 program was removed by the US in 2019, over Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 air defence system. So is the famed F-35 under delivering what it promised? Guests: Kwang Ho Chun Professor at Jeonbuk National University

Why Is the US Selling F-35 Fighter Jets to the UAE?

Why Is the US Selling F-35 Fighter Jets to the UAE?

Will US impose sanctions on Turkey over its refusal to cancel Russian S-400 deal?

Will US impose sanctions on Turkey over its refusal to cancel Russian S-400 deal?

Turkey buys F-35 jets and S-400 missiles. The US says it can’t have both.

Turkey buys F-35 jets and S-400 missiles. The US says it can’t have both.

US-Turkey row over F-35 explained

US-Turkey row over F-35 explained

Italy Signs $8B Gas Deal With Libya Despite Ongoing Political Turmoil

Italy Signs $8B Gas Deal With Libya Despite Ongoing Political Turmoil

Azerbaijan Says Warnings About Threats to Its Embassy Were Ignored By Iran

Azerbaijan Says Warnings About Threats to Its Embassy Were Ignored By Iran

Ukraine's Ambassador to Türkiye Speaks on the Delivery of US, German Tanks

Ukraine's Ambassador to Türkiye Speaks on the Delivery of US, German Tanks

Türkiye Stands Firm Against Sweden's NATO Bid After Quran Burning

Türkiye Stands Firm Against Sweden's NATO Bid After Quran Burning

Türkiye’s Tourism Industry Makes Comeback in 2023

Türkiye’s Tourism Industry Makes Comeback in 2023

Germany Hesitant as NATO Agrees to Send Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Germany Hesitant as NATO Agrees to Send Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Sweden, Finland Must Extradite 130 Terrorists Before Joining NATO

Sweden, Finland Must Extradite 130 Terrorists Before Joining NATO

Iran Says It Is Ready to Mediate Between Türkiye and Syria

Iran Says It Is Ready to Mediate Between Türkiye and Syria

Russia, Armenia Trade Rare Public Barbs As Tensions Grow

Russia, Armenia Trade Rare Public Barbs As Tensions Grow

China to Pour $540M Into Afghanistan As Part of Oil Deal

China to Pour $540M Into Afghanistan As Part of Oil Deal

Can Vertical Farming Help Secure Türkiye's Food Supplies?

Can Vertical Farming Help Secure Türkiye's Food Supplies?

Türkiye Readies to Launch New Defence Hardware in 2023

Türkiye Readies to Launch New Defence Hardware in 2023

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