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WorldTurkey unveils new stealth-fighter concept as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F-35 program

00:30  19 june  2019
00:30  19 june  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Turkey unveils new stealth - fighter concept as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F - 35 program .

Turkey unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a new indigenous stealth - fighter concept on Monday at the The unveiling of the new TF-X, which is expected to be Turkey 's first homegrown fifth-generation fighter, comes as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F - 35 program in response to the.

Turkey unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a new indigenous stealth-fighter concept on Monday at the 2019 Paris Air Show.

The unveiling of the new TF-X, which is expected to be Turkey's first homegrown fifth-generation fighter, comes as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F-35 program in response to the country's planned purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

"Our machine is a mock-up, but in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and [it will be in] service in 2028," Temel Kotil, the president and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), the company behind the model and new fighter concept, revealed at the event, Defense News reported.

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“ Turkey has been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, but accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO “Much of the F - 35 ′s strength lies in its stealth capabilities, so the ability to detect those capabilities would jeopardize the long term security of the

Turkey makes numerous components for the stealth aircraft, which is sold internationally. If Turkey is removed from the program , as expected, the " The F - 35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities," the White House

The TF-X program was launched to replace the Turkish Air Force's aging fleet of F-16s. The fighter was intended to be interoperable with other Turkish Air Force assets, including the F-35, TAI said on its company website.

Turkey unveils new stealth-fighter concept as the US prepares to kick its ally out of the F-35 program© Marina Lystseva\TASS via Getty Images The mock-up TAI showed off at the air show is the twin-engine version, one of three different variations the company has explored in recent years, The War Zone reported, adding that the aircraft shares design similarities with the Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35.

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A US F - 35 A fighter jet prepares to land at Chungju Air Base in Chungju, South Korea. (Newser) – In a major break with a longtime ally , the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense

A promotional video highlighted some of the potential capabilities of the new TF-X. For example, the aircraft is said to be capable of flying at Mach 2 and have a combat radius of roughly 600 nautical miles. Kotil told reporters that it would be able to carry the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile in the internal weapons bay.

TAI is involved in the fuselage production for the F-35, which gives it the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a homegrown fifth-generation fighter, the company said. "Hopefully, this will be also a good fighter for NATO and the NATO allies," Kotil said, according to Defense News.

This aerospace program may be taking on new urgency as the US takes steps to remove its NATO ally from the F-35 program, a direct response to Ankara's unwavering decision to purchase the S-400 despite US objections.

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The US will "suspend indefinitely" deliveries of material and equipment to Turkey within the scope of the program . Turkey 's roadmap out of the F - 35 project comes right after Russian state defense corporation Rostec announced on Friday that the first S-400 anti-air missile system batteries will be

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"Turkey's procurement of the S-400 will hinder your nation's ability to enhance or maintain cooperation with the United States and within NATO," Patrick Shanahan, the acting Pentagon chief, recently wrote in a letter to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, CNN reported.

The US has said the F-35 and S-400 are incompatible because the latter could be used to collect intelligence on the US fighter. The US has given Turkey until July 31 to reach an agreement.

If Turkey fails to do so, the US will block its ally from purchasing the F-35 and permanently halt the training of Turkish pilots on the advanced fighter. The training program has already been suspended.

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