TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil made important statements about the National Combat Aircraft project.
TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil made important statements for the platforms in the project phase in his interview at the ÖDTÜBİRDER Hasbihal event moderated by Tuba Özberk on 17 January 2021. Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil talked about the National Combat Aircraft, Gökbey General Purpose helicopter projects and the targets of TAI at the event.
Increasing Turnover and Human Resources
Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil recalled the turnover of TAI in 2016, when he took office, and drew attention to the growth in 5 years. Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil made a statement on the subject and said, “As TAI, we will close 2021 with 2.7 billion dollars of revenue. This figure was like 2016 Billion Dollars in 1.1. " made the statement.
Stating his goals in terms of human resources, Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil also stated that they aim to increase the number of engineers in TAI and on the contrary, they are doing brain drain studies. Prof. Dr. In his statement on the target set by Temel Kotil in terms of human resources for 2028, “Lockheed Martin employs 50 thousand engineers. We will reach 10 thousand engineers in 2028. " gave his statement.
National Combat Aircraft (MMU)
Making important statements about the National Combat Aircraft, Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil stated that MMU's preliminary design review (PDR) date, previously announced as 2022, will be April 2021. He also said that the first prototype will be released by starting the engine from the hangar on March 18, 2023.
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