Turkey’s fighter jet program races ahead as Russian firm reveals interest

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s program for the design, development and production of the country’s first indigenous fighter jet gained pace late in April when two local prime contractors joined forces to outline a production scheme for critical parts.

Meanwhile, in a surprise move, a top Russian aerospace concern expressed interest in developing an engine to power the TF-X, the Turkish fighter aircraft in the making.

Tr Ru flags 1a mixesOn April 26, two strategic local contractors of the TF-X program, military electronics specialist Aselsan — Turkey’s largest defense firm — and Turkish Aerospace Industries, signed a memorandum of understanding to share work on the…

Under the memorandum, Aselsan and TAI, both state-controlled companies, will jointly work to develop critical systems for the…

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