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TF-X fighter prototype moves to final assembly but still no final decision on jet engine

24th November 2022 - 16:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Development of its own fifth-generation fighter jet has become even more important to Turkey following cancellation of its F-35A order. (Photo: Turkish Aerospace via Twitter)

The prototype of the Turkish fifth-generation fighter jet TF-X is set to fly by 2025, but there are challenges Ankara needs to overcome before production can take off at scale.

Turkish Aerospace (TUSAS) has moved the prototype of its TF-X indigenous fifth-generation fighter jet to the final assembly line.

A video released on 23 November showed the initial prototype of the TF-X, also known as Milli Muharip Ucak (MMU or National Combat Aircraft).

The video shows that the aircraft’s fuselage and wings have largely been assembled, but numerous other elements are yet to be installed.

‘In line with our 2023 goals, we will complete the assembly of our National Combat Aircraft and take it out of the hangar,’ said the president of the Turkish Defence Industry Agency (SSB), Ismail Demir in

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

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

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