Rolls-Royce Backs Out of Turkish TF‑X Fighter Program
Rolls-Royce Dials Back on Project to Build New Turkish Fighter Jet: Erdogan-backed scheme hit issues over intellectual property(excerpt)
The British government has supported its industry’s involvement in Turkey’s TF‑X future fighter program, but that country’s insistence in obtaining ownership of all the IP rights to the new aircraft’s components are likely to discourage foreign partners. (TAI image)
The aero-engine group has been working with the Turkish industrial group Kale to bid for the contract to develop the engine on the TF‑X jet, an ambitious scheme to create Turkey’s first indigenous combat aircraft. Senior UK officials, including the prime minister, Theresa May, had lobbied hard for Rolls-Royce to win the deal.
Talks ran into problems last year due to a dispute over the sharing of intellectual property and the involvement of a Qatari-Turkish company.
After failing to find a compromise, Rolls-Royce has all but abandoned its efforts to win the bid for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft, according to several people familiar with the discussions. To restart talks, Turkey would have to come back “at a very senior level”, one person said.
Warren East, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, said the company had “substantially ramped down” on the TF‑X project and “been re-assigning people” to other schemes. (end of excerpt)
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Source: Defense Aerospace