Turkey’s air force is planning to buy 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II aircraft, according to defence minister Vecdi Gonul.

“We’re planning to buy 100 aircraft with an additional option of another 16,” he said.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation multirole fighter developed to perform ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability.