Forbes, an American-based business and economy magazine, claimed that technological air superiority could pass to Greece if the United States rejects Turkey’s request for F-16s.
During his visit to the United States, Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis lobbied heavily to prevent Washington from selling F-35 warplanes to Athens, while Ankara’s project to modernize F-16 warplanes and purchase new warplanes was prevented. Reminding that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reacted harshly to this with the statement “There is no Miçotakis for me anymore”, the magazine stated that Erdoğan’s harsh reaction was not a surprise. “If Mitsotakis’ efforts to persuade Washington to reject the deal are successful, Turkey can stay with its F-16s at hand by the end of the decade, losing the edge to the much more advanced warplanes of its Western neighbors,” the article said. The article also states that even if Turkey eventually wins the F-16 agreement, the full delivery of new jets and the renewal of 80 jets may take at least the second half of the decade, and that even then, the Turkish Air Force’s 120 most advanced F-16s will reach Greece. It was noted that there will be 84 HAFs and at least 24 Rafale and possibly 24 F-35s. The article said, “According to this scenario, Greece’s 134 fighter jets can surpass Turkey’s best jets in terms of both quality and number. And this is Ankara’s best scenario”.