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    Turkey eyes replacing F-16s with locally produced fighter jets by 2023, Turkey’s defense undersecretary said yesterday.


    “We’re working on the conceptual design of a new fighter jet that will replace our F-16 fighters,” Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar said yesterday on the sidelines of the two-day International Air&Space Power (ICAP) Conference being held in Istanbul.


    Recently, Turkish arms manufacturer TAI has signed a technical assistance deal with Swedish Saab on technical assistance to build a fighter jet, as Daily News reported.


    Turkish officials have been in talks with Saab (and with Korean Aerospace Industries) to find the best modality for the ambitious project of building its own fighter since 2010 and 2011. In August 2011, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, signed a deal with TAI to carry out the conceptual design work for fighter and jet trainer aircraft Turkey hopes to build.


    In recent months a Turkish delegation, including SSM officials, visited Saab headquarters and production facilities in Sweden. And more recently, TAI and Saab penned a preliminary agreement for technical assistance which will pave the way for a subsequent support deal.


    In yesterday’s statements, Bayar said the project of designing a local fighter began last year and after some trials one of the designs has matured.


    After completing the design phase, the undersecretary will make an offer on developing a fighter to the Defense Industry Executive Committee, the highest defense procurement body of Turkey, which includes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel, as well as Bayar himself.


    Recalling that Turkey had been one of the partners in the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) consortium that builds F-35 fighters, Bayar said the roles of the new model to be developed and the F-35 would be different. Therefore, new fighters will be configured as air-to-air planes and they will complement each other with F-35s.


    Defense sources had told to Daily News that the program was exposed to the risk of a prolonged conceptual design and this would make the whole project “not very meaningful.”

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tur...&NewsCatID=374

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    Excuse me if I've missed a detail in the text, but is it two (2) separate projects, one being a fighter and the other a jet trainer, or is it the one and same project that fulfills both purposes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT1 View Post
    Excuse me if I've missed a detail in the text, but is it two (2) separate projects, one being a fighter and the other a jet trainer, or is it the one and same project that fulfills both purposes?
    It is two, a fighter and a trainer, and they will still acquire te F-35.

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    At such timetable, only realistic option is some sort of custom Gripen NG.

    and they will still acquire te F-35.
    They can say so yes, but if they get another fighter in their ****nal, then they can drop the F-35 if needed. This "only air-to-air" seems like smoke screen, it will be multirole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokuvaan View Post
    At such timetable, only realistic option is some sort of custom Gripen NG.
    Hmm doubt that since there is an conceptual design in progress with multiple designs involved. Also the timetable confuses me too, I believe they expect a prototype to fly by 2023 and not the final version of the aircraft so minus points to the article for misinformation.

    Currently, TAI has modified an F-16 to fly with Indigenous Avionics and will play a role in development of TFX.

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