A mock-up of Turkey's first national fighter jet will be showcased at this year's Paris Air Show, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) General Manager Temel Kotil announced at the 14th International Defense Fair (IDEF).
Kotil indicated that they have progressed by establishing all infrastructure facilities in the National Fighter Jet Project, Daily Sabah reported.
"This is our biggest project. When we finish this, Turkey can say technologically it is no different from the U.S., Russia, and China," he stressed.
TAI continues its preliminary design works for the production of modern aircraft designed with domestic capabilities and that can replace the F-16 aircraft, which are in the inventory of the Turkish Air Forces Command and are considered to be gradually decommissioned by the 2030s.
Turkey and the U.K. signed a memorandum of understanding during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to the U.K. on May 13-15, 2018 to develop the national fighter jet, preliminarily designated as TF-X.
BAE Systems and Rolls Royce are expected to partner with TAI in developing a twin-engine jet. However recent reports suggest that that the two firms may be having second thoughts over financial commitments and the growing US pressure on Turkey to give up on buying S-400 or lose a lucrative deal to supply parts for the F-35 jets.
Russia may offer its latest aircraft such as the Su-35 and the Su-57 stealth jets if Turkey seeks an alternative in the event of the United States cancelling the sale of F-35 fighters to Ankara. Alexander Mikheev, head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said on April 24 that Russia is ready to discuss the possibility, according to Interfax news agency
Dassault Systèmes announced Thursday that Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to accelerate the development of the TF-X aircraft, the newest and largest aviation development project in Turkey
Turkey's Kale group will a launch a joint venture with UK's Rolls-Royce to develop and manufacture engines for fighter jet TF-X that is being developed locally. The joint venture will be established by Kale and Rolls-Royce with 51 percent and 49 percent shares, respectively,
Turkey has invited Pakistan to participate in the development of its next-generation fighter program, TFX. Pakistans Minister of Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain in an interview with PTV last Sunday, said that Turkey had requested Islamabad to be part of the development program for its next-generation fighter aircraft
Hermes 45 Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Airshow 2019, manufacturer Elbit Systems announced Tuesday. The STUAS offers a combination of extended range and duration with point launch and recovery, to-and-from land and maritime platforms thus enhancing Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities
Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) will unveil the “T-Heron” tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the upcoming Paris AirShow 2019. Powered by Rotex engine, the drone can fly with a maximum speed of 120 knots and can reach altitudes of up to 24,000 feet
The United States has now offered Lockheed Martins Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Raytheons Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missile defence systems for India to choose over Russian S-400 Triumf systems, after offering the US-made systems to Turkey. New Delhi signed a deal with Moscow last October for five S-400 defense systems consisting of 8 launchers for $5
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is likely to develop a supersonic drone capable of flying at 380kmph. "We are working on a supersonic UAV called Göksungur," Temel Kotil, CEO, TAI, told Anadolu Agency at the recently concluded IDEF 2019 exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey
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