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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Turkey to hold talks with South Korea and Sweden

Turkey recently held talks with officials from South Korea and Sweden to develop and expand its fleet of fighter jets.

An official said: “The companies are South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Sweden’s Saab.” Both companies have extensive experience in building and manufacturing aircraft and Turkey will consult with them to design, develop, and produce new fighter aircraft in the next decade for Turkey.

The current fleet of Turkish fighter jets are currently made up of American made aircraft, it is rumoured that Turkish officials are looking to other countries to produce aircraft in an effort to reduce the countries dependence on the US for aircraft. The official said: “Turkey wants part of its fighter aircraft fleet to remain outside the technological and other influence of the United States. It believes this scheme would better fit its national interests.”

The new aircraft, to be used by the Turkish Air Force will have specifications designed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) which is the first time that Turkey’s developing defense industry will be fully involved in the design of a weapons system.

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