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Turkish fifth-generation TF-X fighter jet came into new stage of its development

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has signed an agreement with HAVELSAN software developer. Under this agreement, HAVELSAN is required to develop software for the Turkish fifth-generation TF-X fighter jet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries, Dr. İsmail Demir, said: “The agreement covers the creation of simulators for training pilots, software, engineering support. When our fighter development program is completed, Turkey will be among the countries with the technology and infrastructure for the production of the fifth generation fighter.”

Fighter TF-X – Turkish experimental fighter, will be an all-weather dual-engine air supremacy fighter. It is being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with technology support from BAE Systems.

The fifth-generation fighter jet will be realized within a project-based incentive system. Preliminary design activities received a $1.16 billion incentive certificate under the incentive program. The project will employ 3,200 people, with an indirect employment contribution estimated to be around 11,200.

Recall that June 17 2019 TAI General Manager Temel Kotil said they will work with British BAE Systems, which plays various roles in the design of F-35 aircrafts.

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Last year, on June 17 TAI presented a full-scale model of a new TF-X fighter jet on the Paris Air Show.

There was a different rumors that Russia is ready to take part in developing Turkish fighter jets of 4++ and fifth-generation and offer its technologies.

“As for developing advanced aircraft, now the sides are in technical talks on 4++ generation aircraft and are also holding the first preliminary consultations on the fifth-generation jet,” the Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said in late November last year

According some Turkish sources from the MoD, TAF plans to does first flight of the fighter in 2025, and it will go into service in 2028.

Some experts said that the program will face delays caused by pressure exerted by the USA on Turkey’s European partners, such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce, so that they refuse to participate in the project. Turkey has chosen Dassault Systeme as a partner to develop a flight control system.

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