Turkey, Pakistan Jointly Produce Fifth-Generation Fighter Jets

Turkish and Pakistani officials on Wednesday said they are concurrently working to produce a fifth-generation fighter stealth jets TF-X, as part of bolstering Islamabad’s military capabilities.

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Turkish Aersospace Industries (TAI), Temel Kotil revealed the development during an interview with a Pakistani TV channel (Aaj News).

“Our company has decided to transport products to Pakistan because this is more practical than inviting Pakistani engineers to Turkey,” Kotil added.

Pakistani engineers from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), the country’s premier research institution will be engaged in the production process of the TF-X jets.

“TF-X is now a Turkish-Pakistani joint program, and TAI will move some of its operations to Pakistan by the end of the year,” Kotil added.

Pakistan’s Vice Chancellor of Pro-Rector Research, Innovation and Commercialization (RIC), Dr. Rizwan Riaz, speaking in the same TV program, said Pakistan is keen to expand the scope of the facility in the process.

“The way it works is that the team, which is leading the program in Turkey, offloads smaller pieces of work to the students and researchers here,” Riaz added.

While briefing on the methodology work of the project, Riaz said components of the project are “broken into smaller tasks, after which they are integrated.”

Turkey and Pakistan have been involved in a number of military projects in the past as well, including purchase of helicopters and the development of drone technology.

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