'Turkey continues efforts on joint F-35 jet project'
İsmail Demir announced on Twitter that facilities for the installation and maintenance of various parts for the jointly-developed F-35 fighter jets in the central province of Eskişehir.
"As an F-35 project partner, we are continuing to fulfill all of our responsibilities and share of work," Demir said.
The facility will provide installation and test activities of the engines for the F-35 jests which will enter Turkey's inventory. Also, F-135 engine maintenance, repair, and testing services will be given for the European countries using F-35 jests.
Established within the scope of the Joint Strike Forces (JSF) project -- considered the biggest defense systems supply project in the world -- the facility will be the first such center established in the European region.
The F-35 Program Office announced in 2014 that the first engine maintenance center for the jet would be built in Turkey.
In addition, it allocated an equal number of engines to be produced in Turkey as those purchased by the country.
Construction of the facility was completed on April 23.