Pakistan believes that Turkey’s First Fifth Generation Fighter will replace the F-16.
The air force in Pakistan is eager to replace its aging fleet. It has repeatedly asked the United States for upgrades to its F16 fleet, but the United States has refused due to pressure from its neighbors and some allies, including China.
Later, Pakistan forcibly acquired the newest fighter jet from China, the J-10, for its fleet despite being uncertain of the aircraft’s intended use. and some aircraft were constructed in Pakistan.
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Now It is crucial for Pakistan to upgrade its air force fleet with the latest aircraft so that it has the option to choose Turkish defense manufacturing. The Turkish Air Force just got its first F-16 fighter plane that was upgraded locally. As part of Turkish Aerospace Industries’ Project Ozgur, the aircraft has been modernized. Pakistan also may get similar assistance to upgrade its fleet in the upcoming days.
When Turkey’s first fifth-generation fighter, the TAI Kaan, completes its developmental trials around 2030, Pakistan has indicated an interest in purchasing it from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
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Pakistan currently has its sights set on the Turkish KAAN fighter jet, which was just completed and is rumored to be a fifth-generation fighter. Additionally, it displayed some of the aircraft’s features and perspective, which are somewhat reminiscent of those of the US F22 and Russian Su 57.
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Pakistan may variety of options with Turkey. even it can ask for the domestic production of the Turkish fighter jet and also it can import most of the weapons. Turkish is also willing to make the agreement with Pakistan, it is already looking for buyers for its newly developed products.
Turkish engineers hope to make their fifth-generation aircraft more competitive with the US F35 or the Russian Su-57. However, it will take some time as the Turkish manufacturing industry’s biggest problems are the engines and avionics, which they are always working to resolve.
Currently, Turkey manages the majority of aircraft, although it is working to acquire engines, many of which may come from Rolls-Royce for its KAAN TFX fighter.
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