Story: KAAN a made in Türkiye, 5th-generation fighter jet ; 02-05-2023;
Türkiye develops its own 5th-generation fighter jet and named it "KAAN."
KAAN a made in Türkiye, 5th-generation fighter jet. The word Kaan comes from a Turkish and a Persian-Arabic origin name, which simply means the leader, or the king.
Türkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the name for the 5th-generation fighter jet on Monday, at "Century of Future" event in the capital Ankara. Erdoğan’s in his speech at the event said, “Türkiye is now in every field, on land, in sea and submarine, in air and space,”
KAAN Türkiye's own national combat aircraft:
The fighter jet will make Türkiye one of the only five countries producing this type of fifth generation fighter jets in the world,
KAAN, is developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with an aim to replace the Turkish army's aging F-16 fleet, and the replacement of the F-16 fleet is planned to start in the 2030s. The project for the aircraft began in 2016, and first test flight was conducted out in March.
The 21-meter aircraft is able to reach a maximum speed of 1.8 mach thanks to its twin engines, which can produce 29,000 pounds (13,000 kilograms) thrust each.
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KAAN's top characteristics of being a 5th generation fighter jet include but not limited to the following:
KAAN has all technologies and features found in fifth-generation fighter jet, such as high situational awareness, optimized pilot workload, combat damage detection, new generation mission systems, low observability, precision strike, and internal weapon bay.
More in-depth features include, strategically attack air-to-air and air-to-ground targets, one major advantage KAAN possess is being a completely domestic project, meaning a secure data sharing capacity without a third country system on board, fluency in managing, maintaining, operating the fighter jet, use of smart munitions.
The fighter jet has a increased combat power with precision and accurate firing from internal weapon slots at high/supersonic speed, due to its high-performance radar, electronic warfare, electro-optics, communication, navigation and identification capability.
It also has automatic target recognition and detection, multiple data fusion and artificial intelligence capabilities.
Historical importance of KAAN:
KAAN alongside with Hürjet (Türkiye’s first nationally built jet-powered trainer and light attack aircraft) rolled on the runway of the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) headquarters on Monday, marking the historical leap Türkiye as a self dependent, and capable country took, after the fall of dominant Ottoman empire, after the world war II.
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