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TF-X / KAAN Turkish Fighter, Trainer & UAV Aircraft Projects

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Türkiye's 5th-gen fighter set to make maiden flight​


Türkiye's fifth-generation stealth fighter jet "KAAN" is seen on the runway in an undisclosed location, Türkiye, March 17, 2023. (Sabah Photo)

Türkiye's fifth-generation stealth fighter jet "KAAN" is seen on the runway in an undisclosed location, Türkiye, March 17, 2023. (Sabah Photo)










Türkiye's defense and aviation sector is expected to experience a historic moment in the upcoming week as the first flight of the domestically developed fifth-generation national combat aircraft, KAAN, is anticipated to take place on Dec. 27.
Together with KAAN's debut in the sky, Türkiye will join the ranks of countries possessing a fifth-generation fighter jet.




Regarded as Türkiye's most ambitious technology project, the national combat aircraft KAAN was developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
The fifth-generation aircraft has been developed to replace the F-16 aircraft in the inventory of the Air Forces Command, which are planned to be phased out starting in the 2030s. The project was launched in 2016.




On March 17, the TF-X National Combat Aircraft (MMU) fifth-generation stealth fighter jet emerged from the hangar for the first time and positioned itself on the runway while it was officially given the name "KAAN" by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a ceremony held in TAI headquarters in Ankara's Kahramankazan district on May 1, 2023.
Over the past couple of months, it has been prepared by Turkish engineers to meet the sky while the initial flight tests were successfully completed in preparation for its first flight mission, according to the latest local media reports.
The 21-meter (69-foot) jet can reach a maximum speed of 1.8 Mach thanks to its twin engines, which can produce 29,000 pounds (13,000 kilograms) thrust each.
KAAN boasts all technologies and features found in fifth-generation warplanes. It will provide the opportunity to strategically attack air-to-air and air-to-ground targets. It has a completely domestic infrastructure for secure data sharing and the use of smart munitions.

 

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There's always a possibility of delay. Failure is unlikely but we should prepare ourselves for any eventuality.

I'd rather they delay the first flight than being too cocky and irresponsible in order to prove themselves to the public.

It's also interesting to notice that no pictures, data or information has been leaked so far which is unusual.

They seem to have tightened the ropes security-wise.
 

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1 Day to go to ............ 😬

 

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Rumour has it that the first flight has been postponed to the second week of January 2024.
 

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There's also a possibility that the delay is caused not due to technical issues but rather for political reasons.

Local elections are scheduled to be held in March next year and some people argue that the government wants to see the first flight happening right before the election day.

However, no official information whatsoever has been released so far.
 

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Rumour has it that the first flight has been postponed to the second week of January 2024.


I hope it's true. Earlier I heard the rumors of around 4 month delay.
 

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