NEWS Defence        05/03/2019

Rolls-Royce loses interest in Turkey’s jet fighter project

British engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has announced that it had curtailed efforts to join a Turkish program to build a new fifth-generation fighter jet with Turkey's Kale Group.


The British company said that talks with Kale ran into problems last year because of a dispute about the sharing of intellectual property and the involvement of a Qatari-Turkish company.


In 2017, Kale Group said it would set up a joint venture with Rolls-Royce to develop aircraft engines after the UK and Turkey had signed a defence deal worth more than Psd Stg 100 million (USD133 million) to develop Turkish fighter jets. Rolls-Royce has been in talks with the Turkish government for several years about the project in which it would share expertise and intellectual property rights with the Turkish partners.

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