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IDEF 2013: TAI reveals fifth generation fighter designs

08 May 2013

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has displayed concept designs for Turkey's indigenous fifth generation F-X fighter programme at the IDEF 2013 defence exhibition, the first they have been shown publically.

TAI revealed its three final concept designs for Turkey's F-X fighter programme for the first time at the IDEF defence fair in Istanbul. (IHS/Nick de Larrinaga)TAI revealed its three final concept designs for Turkey's F-X fighter programme for the first time at the IDEF defence fair in Istanbul. (IHS/Nick de Larrinaga)

TAI displayed images of three different potential single seat concept designs: a single engine, conventionally laid out aircraft; a single engine aircraft, equipped with canards; and a twin engine, conventionally laid out fighter.

All three concepts feature elements traditionally associated with fifth generation aircraft, including a design optimised for low radar cross-sectional density, internal weapons bays, and the ability to super cruise, Huseyin Yagci, TAI's chief engineer on the F-X programme told IHS Jane's at IDEF.



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