Reply to post: Re: Turkey is a NATO country.

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

eldakka Silver badge

Re: Turkey is a NATO country.

I don't think there's anything to stop the UK doing all its overhaul work itself, except for the substantial investment involved.

...or that it might be a breech of the terms of the purchase contract.

Sure, the UK might have the technical ability to perform overhauls, but they might be missing the legal - contractual, patent licensing and copyright licenses - to do so. Not to mention possible software keys to also do so. For example, replacing a component on the engine might be detected by the engine firmware or aircraft flight/control systems, and might refuse to function until the appropriate license key is entered to show that it is an approved repair - a key only supplied to approved repairers like the Turkish.

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