Ankara developing first Turkish jet fighter relying on own sources
Ankara is determined to maximize the Turkish defense industry sources while working on the first domestic fifth-generation TFX jet fighter, the country's Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Thursday.
The minister reportedly stressed that a total of $35 billion was allocated for the defense industry project, according to Sputnik.
"We are working out our own jet fighter and will do the utmost to install the Turkish-made engine. It would not be easy, but there is nothing impossible working in a team," Isik said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.
The TFX project is a fifth-generation jet fighter model being developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in collaboration with BAE Systems of the United Kingdom. The first three models were presented in 2013 at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul. The project is aimed at replacing US-produced F-16 fighter jets and be used jointly with the F-35 fighters.