Kale Pratt & Whitney, a joint venture of American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and Turkish aviation company Kale, has inaugurated its new engine factory in the Aegean province of İzmir, where the most critical engine parts of F-35 fighter jets will be manufactured.

The parts of the F-135 engine of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will manufactured, assembled and repaired at the plant, the opening of which has been marked with a ceremony attended by President Abdullah Gül, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz and company managers. With the aim of producing fuselage parts for the new generation fighters, Kale and Pratt & Whitney established a 51 to 49 percent partnership three years ago.

The first stage of the factory, which cost around $75 million, has been recently completed in the Aegean free trade site and around 700 people are planned to be employed. […]