Turkey is continuing with its ambitious programme to develop a 5th generation fighter aircraft. The new development effort marks a major leap for Turkey, which till now has license produced fighter aircraft to meet the needs of its air force.
A model of the 5th generation aircraft called Turkish Fighter (TF) is on display at the ongoing airshow. Turkish Aerospace has been tasked with developing the new aircraft, which is seen as critical to Turkish ambitions to emerge as a major player in the defence arena in the coming decades. The TF will carry its weapons in an internal weapons bay and will feature new generation weapons, developed by Turkish companies such as Roketsan.
Specifications that have been released peg the performance ceiling for the TF at 55,000 feet and a climb rate (at sea level) of 60,000 fpm. The aircraft will have a max payload of 10 tonne. Powered by two engines delivering 25,000lbs of thrust, the TF will have a combat radius in excess of 500 NM with 4XBVR + 2WVR missiles and internal fuel.
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