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Turkey to begin building its first fighter jet with British support

By Rudaw 9/5/2017
An artist's rendering of its planned fifth-generation TF-X fighter jet. Photo: TAI
An artist's rendering of its planned fifth-generation TF-X fighter jet. Photo: TAI
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish Aerospace Industries plans to soon begin the TF-X combat aircraft alongside British counterparts, with the goal of developing its own “5th generation” fighter which will replace the currently-used Lockheed Martin F-16. 

“The building of the TF-X fighter jet will be the most important technology project developed in Turkey within the last 30-40 years,” Temel Kotil, general director of Turkish Aerospace Industries told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

He added that workers were almost in the fifth year of the scheme, but didn’t indicate whether the design would include stealth capabilities.

Kotil has repeatedly said the TF-X fighter jet is expected to make its first flight by 2023.

“While there is a requirement for a predicted 250 TF-X fighters for the Turkish Air Force itself, reports suggest that TF-X will also be aimed at the wider export market,” according to the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The current cost per unit of a F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter is $132.2 million/jet, according to its manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which has been producing stealth planes for decades.

Analysis by the Quwa Defence & Analysis Group in February “put the TFX’s all-inclusive (flyaway plus long-term maintenance) cost at $280 million a unit.”

Rolls-Royce signed a deal on Monday with Turkey’s Kale Group, which is a defense and aerospace firm, to produce aircraft engines in the future.

“Kale Group will own 51 per cent and Rolls-Royce 49 per cent of the joint venture, which aims to develop aircraft engines for Turkey, initially targeting the TF-X National Fighter Jet Project,” read a statement from Rolls-Royce.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May had visited Ankara in January to meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss a 100 million pound ($125 million) deal between Britain’s BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

The signing of the agreement allowed Turkey and Britain to collaborate on the design phase of the TF-X.


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BismarkPA | 10/5/2017
Hey England why the F**K would you help the ISIS supporting government of Turkey build stealth fighters? Have you lost your damn minds? Erdogan has been slowly turning Turkey from a democracy into an Islamic republic like Iran, or Saudi Arabia. I am seriously loosing respect guys.
Help the Ezidis | 10/5/2017
This is a sign that Turkey would like to go its own way, without the NATO: excellent! I had to laugh because the price of this fighter jet will go sky high (and besides they will face enormous technical R&D-problems far beyond their capabilities) and who will pay the bill? I think the EU pays the bill because of the deal between Steinmeier and Erdogan: two friends of the democratic system: isn't it? For me it is good that they are dreaming to build a bad fighter jet which will cause shouts of laughter in the US- and Russian-fighter jet industries.
Kurdo | 10/5/2017
British have always supported anti-kurdish groups. They where the first in history to use chemicals against Kurds. British didnt want a Kurdistan because it would become a powerful state, watch this:
Kajs | 10/5/2017
This is the elites plan to destroy folloing countries with their "turkic" nationalism. Turkic nationalism was a zionist project and still is. Turkey will destroy slavic countries, greece, armenia, Iran, Russia and all the way to China. Do not forget that the elite supported Turkey and its proxy ISIS and Al-Qaida in middleeast, it was only PKK that stopped it. People are ungrateful to PKK but they spill kurdish blood for entire middleast. A problematic middleeast will destroy Europe. So support PKK now!
Mohamedzzz | 10/5/2017
@BismarkPA: England never in his history has given importance or value to anything but money, they doesn't care, who, whom, or what, just talk about Oil, Gas, and Moneeeey. they are the SOB of the world.

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