In a surprise move, Sierra Nevada has announced a partnership with Turkish Aerospace Industries to offer the clean sheet Freedom trainer design
they've quietly developed.
The aircraft is similar in size to a T-38, with a 30% better fuel consumption, while meeting all the requirements the Air Force has put forward. One
aircraft is currently flying in Denver, where the company has been working on them. It is powered by the Williams FJ44-4M, currently used in the
L-39NG and M345.
a reply to: Zaphod58
Thanks for the update, but I was just curious does the military have any vehicle that is built or partnered with another country, besides maybe the
UK? Seems like a great replacement but feels odd we would be using anything from turkey especially with the way politics and trouble from their
president have been going lately.
I like Sierra Nevada and think they are very capable, I just don't understand exactly what turkey is bringing to the table.
I think it's a good idea. Besides Boeing and maybe NG a lot of the proposed variants are light attack capable or equipped from the get go. These jets,
for practical purposes in the US, don't need weaponry. They also don't need advanced fighter jet engines. I like the proposal. I'm guessing having TAI
involved gives them easier access to certain technologies that are going to be integrated into the air frame.
I'm ok with any aircraft that can adequately replicate training environments to provide top notch pilot experience for 5th gen fights and more
importantly do so as cheaply and efficiently as possible so that more money can be spent on some more glaring needs. T-X doesn't have to be a
Maserati, a Mustang will do just fine.
The only area I see them having a problem is the light attack portion. The Air Force may call for it to be able to be used in that role in the future.
Other than that I can see it being a pretty good fit, especially if the fuel burn is that much better.
And with the killing of a Russian ambassador in Turkey and that country looking more and more like the hell on earth that it is.. I doubt there will
be any new deals with TAI for a while. Hopefully Sierra Nevada owns enough of it to just go solo.
Anyway if you squint just right did they try to capture some of the lines of the 35?
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