ISTANBUL --- The first domestically designed and manufactured turboshaft helicopter engine was delivered to Turkish Aerospace Industries. The developer TEI will export the engine as part of a license deal with General Electric.
Designed and manufactured by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI), the first domestically produced T700-TEI-701D engine, which will power the domestic Black Hawk helicopter, was delivered to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). The delivery took place at the TEI premises in the central Anatolian province of Eskişehir yesterday at a ground-laying ceremony for TR Engine, a new research and development center for turboshaft engines.
Defense Industries President İsmail Demir, in his address at the ceremony, expressed that the companies investing in Turkey and partnering up with Turkish firms will reap their rewards. With regards to the engine design, Demir said that Turkey has taken concrete steps. He also noted that the activities on engine development for the domestic helicopter and the T129 ATAK Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter are underway.
He particularly emphasized Turkey's necessity for turboprops, turbojets and turbofans.
"TEI has improved its design activities and capabilities. The TR Engine will certainly play a significant role in becoming Turkey's domestic engine development center while supporting companies like TEI," Demir said.
Eskişehir Gov. Özdemi Çakacak drew attention to the significant role TEI plays in the development of a domestic defense industry.
"Today, we are witnessing the delivery of a locally manufactured turboshaft engine that will power the domestic Black Hawk helicopter. This success proves that Turkey has the know-how and experience for a bigger project," the governor said.
TEI General Manager Mahmut Faruk Akşit also noted that the domestic Black Hawk is being developed by TAI, TEI and ASELSAN. Akşit highlighted that 236 turboshaft engines will be delivered to the Turkish military within the specified period of 20 years.
"T700-TEI-701D is the first domestically produced helicopter engine with 2,000 horsepower and will power the Gökbey multipurpose helicopter." (end of excerpt)
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