Turkey’s primary aircraft design bureau put forward at the air show Ankara’s answer to the loss of the F-35, a plane Turkey had once hoped to buy 100 of from the US. Washington recently put that deal on hold over its continued objection to Ankara’s purchasing of S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

On the tarmac at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the dramatic unveiling showed the world a twin-engine, canted-vertical-tail fighter that looks a bit like an F-35, but with a narrower

​The resemblance should come as little surprise.

“On the F-35, actually, my company is building the center fuselage,” TAI President and CEO Temel Kotil said at the ceremony. TAI served as a secondary supplier to US-based contractor Northrop Grumman, which builds the majority of F-35 center fuselages, Defense News noted.

“So this means, in terms of manufacturing, Turkish Aerospace has enough strength to build this fighter,” Kotil said. “Our machine is a mock-up, but in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and [it will be in] service in 2028.”

According to Defense News, the TF-X will have a top speed of Mach 2, a range of 600 miles, and will be capable of lifting 60,000 pounds upon takeoff. Its engines will provide the jet with 20,000 pounds of thrust each, making it roughly comparable to the Joint Strike Fighter, although a tad faster.

BAE Systems, which has collaborated on the program with TAI, boasted the TF-X will be “the best fighter in Europe” and capable of carrying the long-range, air-to-air Meteor missile under development by European manufacturer MBDA.

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However, a Pentagon official contacted by Defense News declined to comment on whether or not the TF-X represented a firm move away from a Turkish F-35 buy, expressing hope that Ankara would come around to Washington’s way of thinking and renege on the S-400 deal. US defense leaders have voiced fears that if Turkey operates both the F-35 and S-400 together, it could reveal the F-35’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities to US adversaries, including Russia.

Ankara has also expressed interest in other fifth-generation aircraft, including Russia’s Su-57 and China’s FC-31 fighters, Sputnik reported.

 

Source: Sputnik

 

 

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prince teutonic

Lol, they haven’t built a single aircraft by themselves any yet they think they can field a 5th gen jet in five years!? Who are they kidding?

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Their own people. It’s just BS for home usage

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turkey license producted f16 and did more modernisation for other countries,already turkey making 400 part of f 35..with bae assistance yes they can and they will sit and watch..already do research about turkish uav techs..

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They won’t still do F-35 parts for long.

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Turkey can’t build a jet by itself. This will be a British jet with Turkish label on it. In any case anything is better than the F-35 junk

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Wrong. They license build F-16 for long. Engines are something else. It won’t even be a Brit jet : BAe teamed with McDonnell-Douglas (now part of Boeing) for the JSF program. The “Tempest” was the “Replica”, nothing else than what McD-D proposed for JSF and which wasn’t shortlisted to become a demonstrator, so the competition was Boeing X-32 vs. L-M X-35 (F-35) TAI also tried to team with Saab for the Flygsystem 2020 but with Turkey highly involved with F-35, Saab trashed it and now is working on a Flygsystem 2025… And in // we now have BAe highly courting… Read more »

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Just a deplorable attempt to snub USA. To give a little idea : – F-22 R&D : $32.4B in 90’s dollars; $34.9 billion on procurement and MILCON for 195 aircraft, introduction of an unfinished aircraft with cost-cutting 11 years late on schedule . – F-35 : $55.1B for R&D and counting, unlikely to be fully completed before 2023-2025, if ever, and we’re speaking about the country with the biggest mil-budget on Earth while L-M is the biggest defence contractor. – Su-57 : 50-50 joint venture between Russia and India until April 2018, $12.2B were already spent in R&D. India preferred… Read more »

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Turkey threatens EU about Cyprus EEZ issue and sends a 2nd drilling vessel
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Turkey must end its unlawful actions against Cyprus. EU warns Turkey sanctions are coming.
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Disaster for AKP shitlamists : they’ve lost Constantinople by 800,000 votes.
Ekrem İmamoğlu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said

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✌???

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The background music is ridiculous. Low-brow peasant music to unveil a 5th generation jet? Makes me seriously doubt if it’s even worthy of a 4th generation jet.

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No Class

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Dreadful music. Perhaps if i were deaf it would be enjoyable.

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China and Russia do the same. Americans got kicked out of Syria by Russia and are controlled by China. I hear Americans wimper like cowards.

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When did Russians fought USAns in Syria???????????? +++ “and are controlled by China” >>> Do you know that China’s GDP is only 2 thirds of the US one, don’t you? According to all Iranian fanboys, USA is controlled by Israel. Some Saudis believe Yankees are their slaves… Still, they’re economically and militarily more powerful than anyone else, like it or not, that is a FACT. The only entity that managed to have USA backing-up from enforcing sanctions on its energy companies was the EU by threatening retaliatory sanctions, period. EU’s GDP is 10% smaller than the US one but doesn’t… Read more »

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Yo1 : it’s a 1:1 scale mock-up, it’s neither a 4th nor a 5th generation aircraft, it doesn’t even flies. Now they’ll have to make a demonstrator then a prototype. Knowing that Turkey only has the 20th economy and, as it’s foreseeable, is about to get sanctions by both EU and USA, by the end of the year, GDP is likely to fall under Taiwan and if Erdogan+Davusoglu go on as they usually do, Turkey may even finish the year under Poland and Sweden : there is already a 18% of GDP loss projected compared to 2018. Only 4 countries… Read more »

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So many make derogatory comments making insults at Turkey for this. So many in awe of the USA. European Countries make Fighter Jets, Airliners, Helicopters. BAE is one of the foremost companies in the World, TAI already makes parts. Europe makes missiles. So they build there own F35 its a fighter that maybe 4th generation but its probably cheaper and meets there more limited needs

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BAe can’t do an aircraft alone. The last they were able to do alone, well, they were still named BAC, it was the TSR-2 strike aircraft (1964) And the last 100% Brit-conceived air-superiority asset was the English Electric Lightning (introduced in 1960) I’m very serious : – Concorde : Sud-Aviation (now Airbus) : French design – Jaguar : Bréguet (merged with Dassault) : French design – Tornado : see Dassault/BAC AFVG and Mirage-G : French design and even prototype since the Brits were changing advice every 5 minutes, then from multi-role they wanted a pure strike aircraft, France said “no… Read more »

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This will essentially be a British jet with a Turkish label. Turkey obviously can’t build a jet by itself or put a satellite in space. In any case, only time will tell how it turns out however anything is better than the F-35 JUNK

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IMHO, this will not be. Other fighters based on Petr Ufimtsev ‘Theory of Physical Diffraction’ encounter the same issues as F-35. F-22 was 11 years behind schedule. Where F-35 faces problems is simply because it’s a strike aircraft and since LM has no 5th gen fighter to replace ageing F-15/16/18 because US Congress forbade F-22 exports, they’re struggling at making it multirole. F-35 is not an air superiority asset, its role, in an early conflict, is to sneak into a contested airspace in order to attack strategic targets from inside, exactly like F-117 did, but it has added self defence… Read more »

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Dassault/Airbus also presented a mock-up of the German-French 6th generation fighter at Paris Air Show… IMHO, this one won’t be a vapourware, especially with Dassault leading the project… Dassault is in the military aerospace design since… 1914 when Marcel “Dassault” Bloch entered the design bureau of French militaries. He founded his company in 1917 while still in the armed forces, just one year after the establishment of the Boeing company… Airbus is the merge of… All other French, German, Dutch and Spanish aircraft builders, added to some others… Here we talk serious : the experience, the creativity and the money… Read more »