Sunday, October 10, 2010

F-16s were not involved in the exercise with PLAAF

The air forces of China and Turkey have carried out a joint exercise, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday, in what appeared to be the first such drill involving Beijing and a NATO member country.Turkey assured the United States it would take the "utmost care" to protect sensitive U.S. and NATO technologies, said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Tamara Parker, a department spokeswoman.She described Turkey's government as committed to the NATO alliance and the continuation of strong ties to the United States."To the best of our knowledge, U.S.-made F-16s were not involved in the exercise," Parker said. She referred a caller to the Turkish government for details of the maneuvers.The office of the Turkish defense attache in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

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