Türkiye’s national combat aircraft has been named “KAAN,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 1 and noted that Türkiye would be one of the five countries producing fifth generation warplanes.“This was a historic day for Turkish aviation.
Hürjet and the National Combat Aircraft ‘KAAN,’ one of the great achievements of the defense industry, walked together on the runway,” the president said at the “Century of the Future” program in Ankara.The eponym of the National Combat Aircraft “KAAN” was Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli, the president explained.Stressing that these were historical days in the field of defense and aviation, Erdoğan said, “We took our national combat aircraft out of the hangar and made it to the runway.”Hürjet will soon join the inventory of Turkish Air Forces, he also said and added, “We will also deploy Hürjet to our TCG Anadolu Ship.
It will be able to partially replace our F-16s by equipping it with our weapons and our radars.”“Hürjet, which we started to produce for friendly and allied countries, has already turned into an international platform.
We are soon supplying the first products to Niger and Chad,” the president explained.In a few years, Türkiye will complete all the tests and deliver KAAN to its Air Forces, he said. “We will be one of the five countries producing fifth generation warplanes,” he stated.Bayraktar Kızılelma made its maiden flight, Erdoğan said and noted that ANKA 3 will also make its first flight in the coming days.The national combat aircraft will take its first flight in 2025 and join the fleet of the Turkish Air Force in 2029.Erdoğan said they had announced “good news” in the defense industry in the past months. “There is the joining of our TCG Anadolu.