March 29, 2006 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - While the F-16 and F-4 have become legends in air combat over the years, every aircraft will eventually have to be replaced. Turkey is facing the tough decision of which aircraft to purchase to follow in the footsteps of the Viper and the Rhino.
Could this be the successor of the F-16 and F-4 aircraft for Turkey?
The contract for new fighter jets could be worth up to $10 billion for 100 new fighter jets, spanning some twenty years.
The contenders in the competition for the Turkish contract are the Eurofighter, wich is produced by a consortium of European corporations and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Regardless of which aircraft is chosen, the Turkish government is looking for a major role for Turkish contractors in production worth up to $5 billion