Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and Pratt & Whitney signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) today for the establishment of a National-level F135 Final Assembly and Check- Out and Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade Capabilities in Turkey.

Upon the receipt of related approvals from US Government, this LOI is an important milestone of a long-term cooperation between SSM and P&W and also shows Turkey’s commitment to Joint Strike Fighter Program, as well as Pratt & Whitney’s trust in Turkish capabilities.

Turkey has a long-lasting experience in fighter engine final assembly and maintenance, repair, overhaul and update operations from F-16 Program and has a long term vision to sustain this experience and provide benefit to the F-35 program.

Turkey believes that the capabilities to be established in Turkey will result in mutual benefits for both parties. Turkey wishes this LOI will accelerate the efforts and lead to the successful establishment of the subject capabilities.

Turkey’s primary aim is to provide benefit to the program by assembling F135 engines and providing service to the F-35 users in the region via these facilities to be established.

Turkey, which is in the JSF program from Concept Development Phase phase, has contributed to System Development and Demonstration and Production Sustainment and Follow on Development phases as a partner nation.

Turkey has recently placed the order for the first two F-35 jets of an overall 100 F-35A fleet on 6 May 2014 and plans to deploy the aircraft in Turkey by 2019. (ends)