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Turkey invites Pakistan to TFX fighter program


Ankara: Turkey has invited Pakistan to take part in the development of its next generation fighter program, TFX, the sources revealed.

The TAI TFX is a twin-engine all-weather Fifth-generation Turkish aerial superiority fighter-jet being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries with technological assistance from BAE Systems of the United Kingdom.

Rana Tanveer Hussain, Pakistan’s Minister of Defense Production, in an interview last Sunday claimed that the Ankara government requested Islamabad to take part in development for its next-generation fighter aircraft.

The sources revealed that Turkey was evaluating proposals for purchasing training aircraft for the Turkish Air Force, while Pakistan’s Super Mushshak trainer aircraft is leading contender.

Moreover, the sources said that the final decision to participate would be taken soon. Turkish official agency, Anadolu has quoted both the countries are in discussion over the cooperation in Turkey’s first FX fighter Jet program.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan and Turkey are also collaborating on building new warship fleet tanker.

Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works has launched a 17,000-tonheavy warship fleet tanker that was being built by a company in collaboration with Savunma Teknologiler Muhendisilik (STM).