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Turkish proudly displays the airframe of its 5th Gen fighter jet TFx at its production facility.

Here is Turkey’s first fifth-generation fighter plane. #TFX

At the assembly facility, Turkey displays its first fifth-generation fighter plane, which is scheduled to complete the prototype stage by 2023. As the 4th country in the world to join the 5th generation fighter jet club, it is one of the most anticipated projects for Turkey.

Due to numerous issues, including engine and avionics, it was slightly delayed from its original schedule. One of the main obstacles for turkey is building the aircraft, and another one is having its own engine. the program has seen a number of delays.

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Turkey showed in the video that the engine is the only component still missing from the aircraft because it is the most important part.

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At first, Turkey asked GE to provide the engine, but things didn’t work out since Americans weren’t interested in helping Turkey. Later, Rolls-Royce and the Russians showed interest in the project, but it’s still unknown which engine would be used.

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Currently, GE is providing the engine for testing purposes, and it is capable of producing 127 Kn of thrust. The later-stage development of a domestically manufactured engine will be the operation of Turkey’s main goal. On the occasion of the Moscow Airshow in 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered the Sukhoi Su 57 engine.

To sustain the diplomatic ties between the United States and Russia in light of the events, Turkey is carefully selecting its partner. Critical design review (CDR) activities will be carried out in 2024, the first aircraft, known as Block-0, will be produced in 2025, and the first flight will be done in 2026. The aircraft will roll out in 2023.

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Up until 2029, the Block-1 configuration is expected to be developed. Ten Block-1 fighter jets will be produced as part of Phase 2, and they will be handed over to the Turkish Air Force between 2030 and 2033.

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The TF-X next-generation fighter, which is being manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TUSAS, is beginning to take shape in a video that was just released. The jet’s size immediately creates an impression.

General Electric F110 engines will be used in prototypes until the Turkish KALE and British Rolls Royce joint venture’s TAEC engine is finished and ready. Ismail Demir added that a third engine, from an unidentified country, was discovered in addition to these two.

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This is expected to have a one- and two-seat variant, measure 68 feet in length, 45 feet in wingspan, and stand 19 feet tall. It will be able to fly at a speed of 2470 km/hr, reaching a height of 55,000 ft, and have a combat range of 1,100 km.

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Along with Turkey’s TF-X program, which is now developing its fifth fighter plane, South Korea, China, and India are also competing in this development race. The US and Europe are preparing for the 6th generation fighter program in advance of this.

The F16 fighter jets in the defense squad will be replaced by Turkey Tf-x aircraft. Once the aircraft is operational, this will be a breakthrough for the Turkish defense program. This aircraft is equipped with all the most recent technology that a fifth-generation fighter jet must have.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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