TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil made important statements about the National Combat Aircraft project.
Turkish Aerospace Industries TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil participated in the "Yerli ve Milli" program broadcast on TRT Radio 1, prepared and presented by Belma Şahaner. Kotil made some statements about the National Combat Aircraft project of TAI in the program he attended with a live phone connection.
As reported by C4 Defense, Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil said in the radio show he attended that MMU will leave the hangar on March 18, 2023. Kotil stated that the certification studies will take up to 2025 years for MMU, which is planned to be delivered in 3 after leaving the hangar.
Marking the year 2029 as the date MMU will take office, Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil, when the project is completed, Turkey will be one of the few countries stressed the 5th generation fighter aircraft capable of producing. Kotil stated that when the MMU project is completed, there will be 6000 engineers experienced in fighter jet design at TAI. He said that the engineers in question will create the infrastructure in the next projects.
About the National Combat Aircraft Project
The 5th Generation project MM Future Turkish warplanes, remote closely with the defense industry that creates excitement for anyone interested in is the enormous opportunities that hosts Turkey's largest defense industry project. Even the fact that our country is working on this project brings self-confidence and technological breakthroughs for the Turkish aviation industry. The goal of producing a 5th generation modern warplane is a very arduous process that only a handful of countries in the world can dare. With the excitement, national support and experience gained from National Defense Industry projects such as Atak, Milgem, Altay, Anka and Hürkuş, Turkish Defense Industry is mature enough to succeed in this challenging project.
From another point of view, the Turkish Defense Industry has to produce a competitive 5th Generation fighter aircraft in the international market in line with the vital defense needs of our country. Otherwise, Turkey is a big investment, such as the planned $ 8.2 billion to be spent until the first flight, people will lose time and will not happen again the possibility of having a modern and national warplanes next 50 years.
Republic of Turkey project also leaves the door open to friendly and allied countries to take place as well. In this context, it is known that Malaysia and Pakistan follow the MMU project very closely and it is reflected in the press.
With MMU, the Turkish Air Force will have acquired many new capabilities. Let's take a brief look at the responsibilities of the major companies that will take part in this project that will allow our Air Force to step into a new era, leaving behind a benchmark like the F-16.
- TAI: Body, design, integration and software.
- TEI: Engine
- ASELSAN: AESA Radar, EW, IFF, BEOS, BÜRFIS, Smart Cockpit, warning systems, RSY, RAM.
- METEKSAN: National Data Link
- ROKETSAN, TÜBİTAK-SAGE and MKEK: Weapon systems