ANKARA, Turkey, May 22 (UPI) -- The Turkish military and engine-maker Pratt & Whitney intend to establish an F135 engine center in the country.
The Turkish Under-Secretariat for Defense Industries said the center would conduct final assembly of the engines which will power Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and also provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
A letter of intent for the center was signed by the engine-maker and the under-secretariat earlier this week.
"Turkey believes that the capabilities to be established in Turkey will result in mutual benefits for both parties," Turkey said. "Turkey wishes this LOI will accelerate the efforts and lead to the successful establishment of the subject capabilities.
Turkey, a Joint Strike Fighter partner in the aircraft's program development phases, has ordered two fighters for its planned fleet of 100 planes.
The country is also no stranger to engine work for U.S. military aircraft. It performed engine assembly and service functions for the F-16 program.
The proposed F135 engine center deal requires approval from the U.S. government.