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Rolls-Royce firmly in the picture for TF-X engine collaboration, says SSB

29th March 2022 - 12:00 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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Turkish Aerospace on 19 March released a CGI video of its TF-X future fighter. (Image: Turkish Aerospace)

Ismail Demir, head of Turkish defence procurement agency SSB, said Rolls-Royce is involved in helping to develop the engine to power the TF-X future fighter aircraft.

The head of the Turkish Defence Industry Presidency (SSB), Ismail Demir, has revealed important information about the roadmap for the turbofan engine to power the Turkish TF-X fighter aircraft.

The first TF-X prototypes will be powered by F-16 engines (F110-GE-129) sourced from the US, although Demir went on to say that three other options are being considered simultaneously.

The first and most likely solution appears to be a partnership with Rolls-Royce, as Turkey has no experience in manufacturing turbofan engines for jet aircraft.

A second option is for TRMotor (wholly owned by SSB) to work with Turkish

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