Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, visited Turkey on the 5th of October due to an interest in Turkey’s indigenous fighter jet program TF-X, according to Turkish sources. The same sources report that the British manufacturer is in talks with a Turkish partner to start joint production of the said jet, providing all required technology and support.

The selection of the engines provider for the TF-X, which is going to replace the F-16s in the Turkish Air Force in the following decade, is crucial to the project. The British company has been eyeing the program since 2015. If the deal with a local partner is signed, a joint company is expected to be established in 2017.

The Turkish Air Force is going to order at least 250 TF-X jets starting from 2025. The country would then possess a dual fighter jet fleet, coupling the new indigenous aircraft with F-35As.