The “National Fighter Aircraft of Turkey” shall be called KAAN, the president announced on Monday Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a solemn, essentially pre-election, event. In the wake of his much-talked-about illness, Erdogan posted photos on his Twitter account of himself looking haughty, wearing a pilot’s jacket and sunglasses, and climbing into the cockpit of KAAN.

Turkey is now found in every field» – on land, at sea and underwater, in the air and in space, Erdogan said during the event – ​​“Century of the Future” – organized by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in Ankara for the presentation of the aircraft.

The fifth-generation aircraft, KAAN, was developed by TAI to replace the aging fleet of F-16s, it was pointed out, in the wake of the weakness of the Turks get congressional approval for the upgrade kits.

“With this aircraft, Turkey will become one of the five countries that have this kind of technology,” Erdogan asserted.

The aircraft, launched as a project in 2016, is 21 meters long and can reach a maximum speed of mach 1.8 thanks to its twin engines, which can produce 29,000 pounds (13,000 kg) of thrust each. “His name is KAAN, may his sword be sharp!” commented the Turkish industry in its post.

KAAN, as a fifth-generation aircraft, according to TAI, has many advanced features, such as battle damage detection, low detectability, precision targeting and internal weapons storage.