Combat Aircraft Inventory of the Turkish Air Force

Turkish Air Force Combat Air Inventory
Turkish Air Force Combat Air Inventory

The Turkish Air Force (TurAF), whose foundations were laid with the "Aviation Commission" established in 1911 and gained its current name on January 23, 1944, continues to be vigilant day and night for the protection of Turkish airspace in the 109th year of its establishment.


Its main task is with its superior speed and destructive weapons and vehicles; The Turkish Air Force, which is intended to deter the enemy's aggressive intent, to prevent enemy aircraft as soon as it enters the Turkish airspace when attacking the country and to destroy the vital military targets of the enemy country, and to ensure that the war is won with the least casualties as soon as possible, he always keeps his pilots ready to perform these tasks and his inventory modern.

Having gained its first pilots and first planes in early 1912, the Turkish Air Force added many types of aircraft, air defense systems and ammunition in its inventory over time, and continues to do so today. In this article, we will talk about the combat aerial platforms in the Turkish Air Force inventory by 2020.

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Fighter Planes

As of April 2020, the Turkish Air Force's fleet of warplanes consists of the F-16 Fighting Falcon in various blocks and the F-4E Terminator 2020 aircraft that experience the last moments of their lifetimes.

F-4E Phantom and RF-4E

The F-4 Phantom II made its first flight in 1958 and was actively put into service in 1960, a tandem double-seat, twin-engine, structurally powerful 3rd generation fighter jet. Developed for use in hunting and bombing missions, F-4s have been used by more than 10 countries and more than 5000 in total were produced.

but the official name of the F-4 Phantom by many people in Turkey "Father" Terminator 4, known as the F-2020 warplanes, the Turkish Air Force inventory in 1974, entered for the first time. The Turkish Air Force, which received 1978 F-40E Phantoms from the United States until 4, delivered 1978 more F-80E Phantoms and 32 RF-4E (the discovery and surveillance configuration of the F-8) between 4 and 4. It has received.

Turkey to buy 80 F-4E and the United States in addition to the RF-4E aircraft of the Turkish Air Force in the years 1981-87 70 second-hand F-4 Phantom was donated. Yet the US between 1991-92 Gulf War because of Turkey with 40 F-4 Phantom has more grants.

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Purchased and donated by the US F-4 with the RF-4E aircraft to the addition to Turkey, Germany had aspired in the RF-4 aircraft that remove the inventory and spare parts for which has floor to a total of 46 RF-4 aircraft more inventory, including .

It has a total of 182 aircraft: 4 F-54E Phantoms and 4 RF-236E in total through acquisition and grants.

F-1997E Phantom fighter jets, which were modernized with an agreement with Israel in 4, were named as F-4E Terminator 2020 after modernization. F-4E Terminator 2020 and RF-4E planes, which served the Turkish Air Force for a long time, started to retire after continuous accidents and as of today, there are no RF-4E planes left in the inventory. Of the 182 F-4E Phantom fleets, only 30-32 F-4E Terminator 2020 warplanes remained, 30 of which are located at Eskişehir 1. Main Jet Base, 111th to the Panther Fleet and 1-2 to 401. Test serves the Fleet.

Some of the retired planes are kept for spare parts for the planes that are flying. Another part is either deployed to various parts of the country as a monument or melted for the purpose of raw materials by the Institute of Mechanical Chemistry (MKE).

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets, which constitute the main striking force of the Turkish Air Force, have a single or tandem seating arrangement. Approximately 16 units have been produced from F-5000, a single engine multi-purpose fighter. Production is still ongoing with the F-16 Blok 70/72 configuration.

Turkish Air Force (TurAF), whose F-16 adventure started in 1987, has 1987 F-1995 C / D aircraft in Block 30 and Block 40 configurations between 160-16 within the scope of "Öncel I Project" with the contributions of TUSAŞ. The first eight aircraft of these 160 F-16 aircraft were manufactured in Fort Worth-USA, while the remaining 152 were manufactured in Turkish Aviation and Space Industry (TAI) facilities.

Within the framework of the "Öncel II Project", which is the continuation of the first package, an additional 1995 F-1999s were produced by TUSAS in 50 in addition to the ones available for the Turkish Air Force between 80-16. Thus, the Turkish Air Force had enough F-12 to sustain 16 F-240 fleets (16) and shaped its main striking force on the F-16 aircraft.

However, in line with the developing technology and the changing needs accordingly, the Turkish Air Force aimed to eliminate its shortcomings with the projects named Öncel III and Öncel IV due to the trunk life and technological aging of the F-16s, which constitute the main striking force of the Turkish Air Force.

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The 30 F-16C / D Block 50+ planes purchased with the Öncel Project IV program are classified as Block 50M because they are equipped with a more advanced and higher capacity Modular Mission Computer (MMC-7000) compared to the previous series, the Blok 50 series. The General Electric product, whose final assembly and tests have been carried out at TEI facilities, has been powered by F110-GE-129B engines with SLEP configuration.

Thus, the Turkish Air Force had a total of 1987 F-2012 Block 270, F-16 Block 30, F-16 Block 40 and Block 16+ configurations between the years of 50-50. As of 16, it is known that there are 2020 F-238 Fighting Falcon fighter jets in the Turkish Air Force inventory if the plane lost due to accident / crush was removed.

Various modernization and capability enhancement projects are carried out by TUSAŞ and ASELSAN (see AESA Radar) for the F-16s available. The F-16s will be replaced by the National Combat Aircraft (MMU), which is under development by TAI.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Turkish Air Force, due to its structure, prefers Medium Altitude - Long Strength (MALE) class unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

As is known, Turkey, the type HERO first class MALE UAV from Israel had supplied. The reflection of the political relations between the two countries on the project and the unfriendly attitudes of Israel in the project prevented the Heron UAVs from using them fully by the Turkish Air Force. It is currently estimated that there are 5-6 Herons in the inventory. As is known, these are unarmed, not combatants.

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The first combat unmanned aerial vehicle to enter the Turkish Air Force inventory is our national pride, Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayii A.Ş. ANKA-S developed by (TUSAŞ). TUSAŞ, which started delivering ANKA-S Armed Aircraft (SİHA) to the Turkish Air Force in 2017, has completed the deliveries of 10 SİHA in a short time.

Thanks to its satellite control capability, ANKA-S SİHAs that can function at very long distances; They have 24+ hours of airborne time, 30.000ft of service altitude and 250 kilograms of payload capacity.

ANKA-S, which has accomplished successful offensive missions with an 8+ kilometer range MAM-L ammunition developed by Roketsan, is planned to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force in the near future.

On the other hand, AKSUNGUR UAV developed by TUSAŞ and AKINCI UAV developed by Baykar Defense are expected to be included in the Turkish Air Force inventory.

All platforms from HRC aircraft to radar systems are vital for the operation of combat platforms. The heartbreaking staff of the Turkish Air Force, which is the backbone of this power, is the pride of all Turkish people. Thank you for reading our article.

Ammunition used by the Turkish Air Force, here by clicking.

Source: Anıl ŞAHİN / SavunmaSanayiST


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