BAE Systems & TAI to collaborate for Turkey's TF-X 5-th generation fighter jet

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BAE Systems & TAI to collaborate for Turkey's TF-X 5-th generation fighter jet
In the presence of The Prime Ministers of Turkey and the United Kingdom, BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) today signed a Heads of Agreement to collaborate on the first development phase of an indigenous fifth-generation fighter jet for the Turkish Air Force – TF-X, the British company announced on Jan. 28, 2017.
BAE Systems & TAI to collaborate for Turkey s TF X 5 th generation fighter jet 640 001A preliminary conceptual design of TAI's TF-X 5th-generation fighter jet
(Credit: Turkish Aerospace Industries)
This announcement builds upon a pre-contract study phase between BAE Systems and TAI.

Signing this agreement in Ankara ahead of a planned contract with a value in excess of £100 Million, BAE Systems Chief Executive, Ian King, said: ‘‘BAE Systems is a leader in designing, manufacturing and supporting fighter aircraft and is in an excellent position to contribute technical and engineering expertise and experience of managing complex projects to this key Turkish programme. The announcement signals an exciting next step in relations between both Turkey and the UK with the co-operation between BAE Systems and TAI paving the way for a deeper defence partnership. The agreement confirms ongoing collaborative work on the design and development of the aircraft."

At its peak hundreds of Turkish and UK engineers will collaborate on the TF-X programme helping to support collaboration on the skills, technology and technical expertise required to deliver the programme.

The Turkish Air Force intends to procure at least 250 TFX starting from 2025. The 5th-generation aircraft would be integrated in a Air Force structure consisting of F-35, F-16 Block 50+, Future Unmanned Combat Aircraft, Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft, and Airborne Stand-Off Jammers.