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.