General Director of the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) Prof. Dr. The main cotyledonHe announced that the National Fighter will make its first flight in 2025 and will enter the inventory in 2029.
Assessing TAI’s successful schedule, which has been involved in many projects, from T-129 ATAK helicopters to the modernization of F-16 aircraft, Kotil also made an assessment for 2020. Temel Kotil’s statement in this regard, “We have risen 16 places in the Defense New Top 100 list, which includes the world’s top 100 defense and aviation companies. During this period, we have strengthened our leading role in the development of a new generation of aircraft by increasing our R&D expenditures by more than 40 percent. Thus, we continued to develop projects for independence in the defense industry of our country. “ he said.
Kotil gave a date for MMU, one of the most important projects implemented by the company:
“On the other hand, MMU, our 5th generation fighter jet, which is eagerly awaited by the global aviation ecosystem and will force our country to jump out of the league in the field of aviation and defense, will come out of the hangar. March 18, 2023. MMU will make its first flight in 2025 and expect to join the Turkish Armed Forces in 2029. “
“We have increased the flight life of our F-16 aircraft from 8,000 to 12,000 hours”
Referring to the ANKA and AKSUNGUR UAVs developed by TAI, Kotil said that the first ANKA export was made to Tunisia and shared information that more than 20 deliveries had been made to the forces under the TSK roof. Kotil, for the modernization of the Turkish Air Force Block 30 F-16. “Our engineers continue to work continuously as part of the work begun to improve the structure of the F-16 Block 30. We have increased the flight time of our F-16 aircraft from 8,000 to 12,000 hours. he said.