In a video made public on November 23, a prototype of Turkey’s TAI TF-X / MMU next-generation fighter can be seen in the assembly line.
TAI TF-X fighter, also known as Milli Muharip Uça and is planned to leave the hangar in 2023. The first part of the production of the MMU was completed in November 2021.
The video shows that the aircraft’s fuselage and wings have largely been assembled. However, numerous elements are yet to be installed in aircraft.
The absence of horizontal stabilizers, dual engines, outward-canted tail fins, modern avionics, and an ejection seat is seen in the images.
The MMU indigenous design and development program prime contract between the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) of the Ministry of Turkish National Defence and Turkish Aerospace has been signed on the 5th of August 2016.
MMU aircraft will be a multi-role aircraft, designed mainly for an air-to-air role with consideration to air-to-surface roles as well.
The MMU aircraft is planned to be kept operational in the Turkish Air Force inventory until the 2070s and will be interoperable with other critical assets such as the F-16.