Turkey will demonstrate its breakthrough in the defense industry and display some of its numerous vehicles at one of the world’s largest aerospace exhibitions, which starts on Monday.
The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in the UK, a showcase for tens of billions of dollars in deals, will run through Friday and will host leading innovators from the aerospace, aerospace and defense industries.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will exhibit a mock-up and simulator of its National Combat Aircraft (MMU), marking a UK debut for Turkey’s pioneering national fighter jet
TAI’s close air support and training aircraft Hürkuş and its T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK) will hold a show as part of the show, the company said in a statement.
The first TF-X MMU will be presented on March 18, 2023. It is scheduled to complete its maiden flight in 2026 before entering service in 2029.
The domestic aircraft, a fifth-generation jet with characteristics similar to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, is being developed to replace the Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets, which will be phased out in the 2030s.
ATAK is a twin-engine, multi-role, tandem-seat, all-weather reconnaissance and attack helicopter.
TAI will also showcase Turkey‘s first domestic utility helicopter, the T625 Gökbey. The Anka and Aksungur unmanned combat aircraft are also on display.
TAI Director General Temel Kotil says attendance at this year’s edition of Farnborough is “more meaningful” compared to previous years.
“This year, ATAK and Hürküş meet with the audience here, but I hope that by attending the next Farnborough show with Hürjet and ATAK 2, we will once again demonstrate our country’s aviation development, technology and success in the manufacturing sectors asked,” Kotil remarked.
Hürjet is a domestically developed advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft, while the latter is an upgraded version of ATAK.