First indigenous Turkish fighter jet awaits presidential approval

A meeting to gain presidential endorsement for an ambitious Turkish fighter jet programme is expected to take place in the next few weeks, Defense News writer Burak Ege Bekdil reports.

The TF-X fighter jet, which is set to be the first indigenous Turkish fighter, is one of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “pet projects”, according to the article.

The project is therefore expected to receive his approval and gather momentum over the next year, wrote Bekdil.

Turkish domestically produced military hardware has been put to use in Turkey’s incursion into the Kurdish enclave in northwest Syria, gathering strong praise from Erdoğan.

The article notes that, besides its new focus on domestic weapons production, Turkey made the unexpected move of purchasing S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. It is the first NATO country to employ the system.

A number of companies have sent in proposals to work as partners in the aircraft’s production, including Rolls Royce.

The British engine manufacturer will be competing with the Turkish company Tusas Engine Industries, the sister company of Turkish Aerospace Industries, which is running the TF-X project.