An artist’s rendition of the TF-X.

Turkey may have one of the largest and bestequipped air arms in NATO, but the country’s aviation industry is still fledgling. The TF-X future fighter program might change that.

LOCAL ASSEMBLY OF F-16 Fighting Falcons in the 1980s and 1990s and designing a turboprop trainer in the form of the Hürkus are one thing.

Building a fifth-generation fighter aircraft to operate alongside the F-35 Lightning II is quite another. Yet, this is what the Turkish government has tasked local industry to do.

By 2023, the government wants to see a Turkish indigenous fighter prototype — or more likely a demonstrator — fly over the capital, Ankara, as the country marks 100 years of the Turkish Republic.

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