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Rolls-Royce withdraws from the Turkish plane's program?

Divisions on some points with local companies

The British company Rolls-Royce would be thinking about cancelling the investments made with the Kale group to develop the engine of the new generation fighter plane produced entirely in Turkey. To make the continuation of the cooperation practically impossible -according to "The Financial Times"- there are some disputes related to the sharing of intellectual property on engines, to which was added the Turkish will to involve in the development of the fighter also a company of Qatar that would become the main sponsor of the project.

An important step back for Rolls-Royce which in 2017 had signed a 100 million pound agreement (116.38 million euros) for a preliminary feasibility study with Kale, which would have been a first step towards the creation of a joint-venture between the two companies for the development of aircraft engines. The exit of Rolls-Royce poses a serious threat to the TF-X program of Turkey, which will have to look for a new international partner for the engine, and this is unlikely to be Western as the decision to buy the S-400 from Russia will heavy penalties from the United States.

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