The Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) has signed a framework agreement with TR Motor for the development of a next-generation turbofan jet engine that will power Turkey’s under-development TF-X fifth generation stealth fighter aircraft.
The deal was signed on Thursday in Ankara and marked the first step for the development of the engine in Turkey. TR Motor is a company established by the SSB to develop engines which would be used in the TF-X project.
Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığımız ile TRMOTOR arasında Milli Muharip Uçak Özgün Motor Geliştirme Programı Çerçeve Sözleşmesi imzalandı. Milli uçağımız milli jet motoruyla uçacak. pic.twitter.com/DHtpUOeCD6
— Ismail Demir (@IsmailDemirSSB) November 8, 2018
An outline agreement was signed with TR Motor, a company established by the SSB to develop engines which would be used in the TF-X project.
The door remains open for international engine-makers to get involved in the national fighter jet project, Demir added. He noted that development of the unique engine will be a long process, nearly 10 years, and today’s agreement will serve as a framework in this process.
Britain and Turkey signed a deal worth more than £100 million ($128 million) to develop TF-X, Turkey’s first domestically made fighter jet. Last year Turkey’s Kale Group said it would set up a joint venture company with U.K.-based engineering firm Rolls-Royce to develop aircraft engines including those of the TF-X.
The TF-X (Turkish Fighter – Experimental) is a proposed twin-engine all-weather air superiority fighter being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with technological assistance from BAE Systems.
The aircraft is planned to replace F-16 Fighting Falcon jets of the Turkish Air Force and to be exported to friendly foreign air forces. The Turkish Ministry of National Defense has confirmed that the first TF-X aircraft is going to fly by 2023.