For Turkey, the development of an indigenous fighter will be a jewel in the crown of its aviation achievements. The nation wants to develop and build a fifth-generation fighter to complement its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and replace the F-16 in the 2030s. And should it succeed, the prototype TF-X—as it is currently known—will likely have pride of place in a flyover of Ankara on the day Turkey celebrates the 100th anniversary of the republic’s ...

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