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Rolls-Royce scales back on joining Turkish fighter jet project - FT

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Rolls-Royce scales back on joining Turkish fighter jet project - FT
FILE PHOTO: A Rolls-Royce logo is seen at the company's aerospace engineering and development site in Bristol, Britain, December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo   -   Copyright  Toby Melville(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – British engine maker Rolls-Royce has scaled back efforts to join a Turkish programme to build a new fighter jet, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Talks between Turkey’s Kale Group and Rolls-Royce, ran into problems last year because of a dispute over the sharing of intellectual property and the involvement of a Qatari-Turkish company, according to the FT report.

Rolls-Royce has all but abandoned efforts to win the bid for the fifth generation fighter aircraft after failing to find a compromise, FT added, citing people familiar with the matter.

In 2017 Kale Group said it would set up a joint venture with Rolls-Royce to develop aircraft engines after Britain and Turkey signed a defence deal worth more than 100 million pounds to develop Turkish fighter jets.

Last year Turkish Defence Industry Director Ismail Demir said the door remained open for international engine makers to get involved in Turkey’s TF-X national fighter jet project.

Rolls-Royce did not respond immediately to a request for comment and Kale Group could not be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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