BAE Sys­tems signs con­tract with Turkey for TF-X pro­gramme


In the pres­ence of the Prime Min­is­ters of Turkey and the United King­dom, BAE Sys­tems and Turk­ish Aerospace In­dus­tries (TAI) signed a Heads of Agree­ment to col­lab­o­rate on the first de­vel­op­ment phase of an in­dige­nous fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter jet for the Turk­ish Air Force — TF-X. This an­nounce­ment builds upon a pre-con­tract study phase be­tween BAE Sys­tems and TAI.

Sign­ing this agree­ment in Ankara ahead of a planned con­tract with a value in ex­cess of £100 mil­lion, BAE Sys­tems Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ian King said: ‘‘BAE Sys­tems is a leader in de­sign­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­port­ing fighter air­craft and is in an ex­cel­lent po­si­tion to con­trib­ute tech­ni­cal and en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence of man­ag­ing com­plex projects to this key Turk­ish pro­gramme.

“The an­nounce­ment sig­nals an ex­cit­ing next step in re­la­tions be­tween both Turkey and the UK with the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween BAE Sys­tems and TAI paving the way for a deeper de­fence part­ner­ship. The agree­ment con­firms on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive work on the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of the air­craft.”

At its peak, hun­dreds of Turk­ish and UK en­gi­neers will col­lab­o­rate on the TF-X pro­gramme help­ing to sup­port col­lab­o­ra­tion on the skills, tech­nol­ogy and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise re­quired to de­liver the pro­gramme.

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