President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized on Friday, that Turkiye has options if Germany refuses to sell warplanes.
Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Erdogan said Germany was not the only country producing fighter jets.
"Turkiye has alternatives if Germany blocks Eurofighter sales," President Erdogan emphasized
Turkiye is considering buying 40 Eurofighter Typhoon jets but Germany is opposed to the idea, Defense Minister Yasar Guler announced on Thursday.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a European multinational twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter. The Typhoon was designed originally as an air-superiority fighter and is manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems, and Leonardo which conducts the majority of the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH. The NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, representing the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Spain, manages the project and is the prime customer.
The state-run aviation company Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), which has a wide product range, from helicopters to training planes to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), showcased its 5th-generation fighter jet KAAN this year. KAAN is expected to fly with a domestically produced engine in 2028.
The country aims to replace its existing F-16 fleet with new-generation aircraft, including KAAN, by the 2030s.
KAAN is a twin-engine all-weather air superiority fighter that boasts all technologies and features found in 5th-generation warplanes.