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British Aerospace Industry to Help Turks Develop 5th-gen Fighter Aircraft

Discussion in 'Tanks, planes & ships' started by jedigman, May 8, 2017.

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  1. The TAI TFX is a twin-engine all-weather fifth-generation Turkish aerial superiority fighter jet being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with technological assistance from BAE Systems of the United Kingdom. The aircraft is slated to replace the Turkish Air Force's F-16s and is being planned to be offered to foreign air forces as well. The project is one of many ongoing high-profile military projects in Turkey.

    During Theresa May's visit to Turkey in January 2017, BAE and TAI officials signed an agreement, worth about £100 million, for BAE to provide assistance in developing the aircraft.

    More background information - TAI TFX - Wikipedia

    I believe Rolls-Royce is also expected to sign an agreement with Turkish partner company to develop the engines.
     
  2. Good, let's arm the Turks with state of the art equipment.

    What could possibly go wrong? Let's hope we charge them an arm and a leg for the development and ensure that the engines are overcomplex and prone to breaking down (plus requiring expensive spares from the UK)...
     
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  3. Rolls-Royce, Turkey's Kale Group to set up aircraft engine JV

    Turkey's Kale Group will set up a joint venture company with UK-based engineering firm Rolls-Royce to develop aircraft engines, including for Turkey's planned TF-X fighter jet, the company said on Monday.

    Kale will hold 51 percent stake in the joint venture, while Rolls-Royce will have the rest, the statement said.

    Kale said it aimed to develop both civilian and military aircraft engines, including for the TF-X, being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), one of several major defence projects which Ankara has launched.

    In January, Britain and Turkey signed a defence deal worth more than 100 million pounds to develop Turkish fighter jets during a visit to Ankara by Prime Minister Theresa May.

    The deal involves BAE Systems and TAI working together on the TF-X, which will be the first Turkish-made fighter jet and will replace the F-16 fighter fleet starting from the 2020s.

    Kale Group is a provider of structural components, assemblies and kits to the aerospace industry, according to its web site.

    Rolls-Royce, Turkey's Kale Group to set up aircraft engine JV