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

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

Excerpt

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

Excerpt

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

Excerpt

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 29, 2017

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