United Kingdom issued export licence for TF-X project to ease the export of goods and services from the U.K. to meet the operational requirements and allow British companies to cooperate with Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) as the main contractor.
Regarding the export license, İsmail Demir, undersecretary for Defense Industries, said: “The U.K.’s export license issuance is the most important issue. We want to hear that there will be no restrictions, including export licenses.”
Clive Allcorn, president of the International Trade Department at the British Embassy in Ankara, told the press that the license covers all technology and equipment related to the TF-X project.
Stressing that the license facilitates the export of goods and services from the U.K. to meet the operational requirements of the TF-X project, Allcorn said that the license can be updated if requirements change during the development stage of the project.
Allcorn also underlined that the license has been granted with the intention of supporting and promoting technology transfer as part of the project, adding that the license covers all U.K. companies that will work on the TF-X program and that companies will not have to submit separate licensing applications.
Explaining that the TF-X project requires the implementation and integration of a wide range of sophisticated technologies like any high-tech project, Allcorn said that the license aims to make this process as simple and fast as possible in the TF-X project, adding that the issuance of the license is a measure of the strength of trust between the U.K. and Turkey in defense cooperation and demonstrates the great importance the two governments gives to the success of the TF-X project.
Noting that the license does not have a provision on exporting the final product to third countries, Allcorn said it is exclusively used for the facilitation of the exports of British companies to Turkey for the success of the TF-X program. “We strongly support Turkey’s desire to sell the TF-X, which will be one of the main measures of the success of the joint program, to third markets,” he said.
The Kale Group and Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s largest aircraft engine makers, also decided to form a partnership in order to develop aircraft engines that the country needs in both civilian and military applications, especially for the TF-X project.