In a groundbreaking collaboration, Pakistan and Turkey are gearing up for the first flight of their fifth-generation TFX fighter jet scheduled for next month.
The joint venture marks Pakistan’s official participation in the Turkish Aerospace Industry’s “TFX” aircraft program.
Initiated in 2010, the TFX project reached a significant milestone this year with the aircraft’s maiden taxi.
With plans for induction into the Pakistan Air Force by 2030, the TFX Stealth Aircraft is poised to redefine air superiority.
Measuring 21 meters in length and boasting a wingspan of up to 14 meters, the TFX will carry a take-off weight of 27,215 kg.
Powered by US-made General Electric F-11 engines, Pakistan also holds the option of utilizing British-made Rolls-Royce engines if objections arise from the US.
The TFX’s capabilities are impressive, with a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 and a combat range of 1100 km.
Its service ceiling reaches an impressive 55,000 feet. Equipped with air-to-air BVR missiles and air-to-ground cruise missiles, the aircraft promises versatility in combat scenarios.
The advanced cockpit features modern AESA radar, enhancing the ability to intercept enemies according to contemporary combat requirements.
This marks a significant stride for Pakistan Air Force, reintroducing twin-engine fighter jets after a prolonged period.
Beyond fighter jets, Pakistan and Turkey are jointly delving into the production of unmanned aerial platforms.
The collaboration involves around 200 Pakistani experts contributing to the TFX project.
The National Aerospace Science and Technology Park of the Pakistan Air Force is set to play a pivotal role in the TFX initiative, according to Jane’s Defense.
Notably, the intent is to phase out existing F-Sixteens, with Pakistan and Turkey eyeing TFX as the successor.
The recent visit of Turkish Air Force Chief General Attila Golan to Pakistan underscored tangible progress in the joint production of fifth-generation aircraft and unmanned aerial platforms.
The journey towards advanced aviation capabilities is undoubtedly shaping up as a pivotal chapter in the strategic partnership between Pakistan and Turkey.