Sep 1, 2014

Turkish fighter project faces uncertain future

Design work on a new jet fighter called the TF-X (X standing for experimental) as part of Turkey's ambitious strategy of indigenising arms procurement has now been completed, but the project may not receive a green light to progress any further.
Sweden's Saab has given technical support to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the two-year-long, USD2 million effort to produce conceptual studies for the TF-X, the goal being to indigenously build a jet fighter by the year 2023, which marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic.
Among three concepts developed in co-operation with Saab, Turkey reportedly opted for the development of a single-engine, single-seat, 9- g -capable fifth-generation jet fighter.

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