A center is planned for Turkey that would lead final assembly of the engines that will power the F-35. (Wikipedia)
ANKARA — In partnership with the Turkish military, US engine-maker Pratt & Whitney intends to build an engine center in Turkey designed for the F135, Turkish officials said.
Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has said the planned center would lead final assembly of the engines that will power Lockheed Martin’s multinational F-35. The center also will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
SSM and Pratt & Whitney last week signed a letter of intent for the engine center. The proposed F135 engine center deal requires approval from the US government.
Turkey is a member of the Joint Strike Fighter partnership that builds the F-35. Just recently, Ankara officially ordered its first two F-35s. It plans to buy an eventual batch of 100 aircraft.
“The center could in the future be used to develop an engine for our national program to build an indigenous fighter jet,” one SSM official said.