Turkey’s TF-X Program

According to Defense Industry Daily

Turkey’s TF-X Program Hits Snag

Turkey’s indigenous next-generation fighter (TF-X) program has hit a number of pre-development issues caused by administrative delays and differences of opinion between procurement and military officials. Plans to have the fighter operational by 2023 are now under scrutiny by some analysts, with major delays potentially on the way. One particular issue surrounding the delays involves their partnership with BAE Systems. While pre-contract negotiations began last year, a deal has not been finalized, and has yet to be authorized by the country’s procurement decision body, the Defense Industry Executive Committee. As a result, design, development, and production of the jet has gone on the back burner indefinitely.

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Progress report

Turkey, UK officials meet over status of Turkish jet program: Here

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Top officials from Turkey have met with a high-profile British delegation to discuss ways to go forward with plans to design, develop and build the TF-X, the Turkish indigenous fighter jet in the making.

The British delegation, including International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East, met Jan. 13 with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, chief procurement officer Ismail Demir, Turkish Aerospace Industries CEO Temel Kotil and other senior Turkish officials. TAI is the prime local contractor of the TF-X program.

A statement from the Turkish prime minister’s office said that during the meeting, “our content over cooperation and recent advancing of our strategic partnership with the United Kingdom via joint programs was expressed.”

Turkey sets timetable for critical phase of its fighter jet program: Here

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Turkey’s defense procurement authorities have given pace to their work to select an engine know-how supplier that will be the backbone of the TF-X, an indigenous Turkish fighter jet in the making.

“We may not hold onto our original target of officially announcing a technology partner (for the engine) in January, but we will come very close to it,” said a senior procurement official familiar with the program.

At the end of October, Turkey’s top procurement official, Ismail Demir, said his office would announce its decision on the TF-X engine in January 2018.

An official from Turkish Aerospace Industries, the prime local contractor for the TF-X program, said talks with a number of potential technology suppliers and their local partners have recently matured enough to give decision-makers a clear picture.

Turkey ready to build ‘best fighter in the world’: Here

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The general director of Turkish Aerospace Industries on Monday said his firm would soon be ready to work with U.K. counterparts on Turkey’s domestic fighter jet project.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency’s Finance Desk, Temel Kotil said work would begin after the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) which will start in Istanbul on Tuesday.

He said the Turkish government had generously backed the project and said workers were almost in the fifth year of the scheme.

Britain, Turkey sign defense deal to develop Turkish fighter jet: Here

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Britain and Turkey signed a defense deal worth more than 100 million pounds on Saturday to develop Turkish fighter jets, opening the way to deeper cooperation over the lifetime of the project.

In Ankara to strengthen ties with Turkey as she navigates Britain’s departure from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the deal, saying it showed “that Britain is a great, global, trading nation and that we are open for business”.

The deal, announced by May and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, involves BAE Systems and TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) working together to develop the TF-X Turkish fighter program.

BAE-Turkey Fighter Jet Plan Said Delayed After Failed Coup: Here

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BAE Systems Plc’s deal to develop Turkey’s first home-built fighter jet has been delayed as the U.K. assesses the aftermath of the attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to people familiar with the situation.

BAE chosen to assist with Turkey’s TFX fighter project: Here

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Following the selection of BAE, Ankara is expected to choose one of the concepts within the next few weeks, and sign an agreement with its development partner by February 2016. It has named Airbus Defence & Space as its second choice, and for now will continue talks with both parties.

If confirmed as partner, BAE will join the Turkish team for four years, and following this development phase, Ankara plans to roll out its TFX aircraft in 2023. The type is expected to enter service with the nation’s air force in 2030.

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Updated Jan 20, 2018

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