SSB, TR Motors Sign Framework Deal for Development of Turbofan Jet Engine For Turkey’s TF-X Stealth Fighter Aircraft

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.

SSB President Ismail Demir said the final goal is that the engine would not face limitations from foreign countries in terms of use and exports, and for Turkey to control all technological features and intellectual property rights, according to a report in Daily Sabah.

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.

SSB President Ismail Demir said the final goal is that the engine would not face limitations from foreign countries in terms of use and exports, and for Turkey to control all technological features and intellectual property rights.

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.



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