UK Backs Turkey’s Fifth-Generation TF-X Stealth Fighter Project Amid Tensions With Greece — Greek Media
The UK has reportedly backed Turkey in its pursuit of developing the fifth-generation TF-X fighters amid the latter’s tensions with Greece. British aerospace company BAE Systems is involved in the project.
Reports suggest, Britain, after its exit from the European Union, is seeking to claim its role in world affairs. It is now supporting Ankara’s efforts of building the TF-X fighter, which is likely to pose a threat to its Mediterranean neighbor Greece.
The situation in the eastern Mediterranean has been tense with Turkey and Greece involved in a dispute over energy exploration rights and maritime boundaries in the area.
In addition, the two nations have constantly wrangled over military games in the region despite being part of the NATO alliance.
In a bid to boost their military strength, Athens has gone ahead with plans of acquiring newer fighters like the French-made Rafales and completed deals for procuring additional Seahawk helicopters from the United States.
In addition, Greece has also enquired about the possibility of acquiring fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighters from the US, which if comes to fruition, will be salt on the wounds for Turkey, given that it was expelled from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Perhaps, Turkey wants to project the TF-X fighter as its answer to the YS F-35 fighter.