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Azerbaijan's integral role in Turkish TF-X Kaan fighter programme strengthens defence capabilities and strategic ties

2nd August 2023 - 16:32 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The KAAN fighter is currently undergoing trials and will conduct its maiden flight with a pair of General Electric F110 engines and will not be flying with indigenous-produced engines until 2028. (Photo: Turkish MoD)

'By involving Azerbaijan [in the TF-X Kaan programme], Türkiye can potentially share the financial burden of the project, leading to cost savings and economic advantages for both countries,' team lead for government contracting at Tusas Engine Industries tells Shephard.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has recently signed a National Combat Aircraft Development Collaboration Protocol with Azerbaijan. The partnership seeks to include Azerbaijan in Türkiye’s domestically developed TF-X Kaan fifth-generation fighter jet programme.

The protocol aims to determine the working principles and procedures for collaboration between the partners, including the development activities of the National Combat Aircraft.

The agreement also works towards identifying what Azerbaijan can contribute to the KAAN programme. It will help prepare for production in the right facilities and companies, improve production abilities and make it easier to share knowledge and experiences.

Azerbaijan’s contribution

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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