TAI will deliver 2022 GÖKBEY general purpose helicopters to the Gendarmerie General Command in 3. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil made important statements regarding the latest situation in the programs carried out by TAI.
Attending the Gebze Technical University (GTU) Aviation and Space Summit 2 event, TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil gave important information about the ongoing activities for the GÖKBEY helicopter. Kotil announced that they will deliver the first GÖKBEY helicopter to the Gendarmerie General Command towards the end of 2022. Kotil stated that in the process following the deliveries to the Gendarmerie, deliveries can be made to the Air Force Command and foreign customers.
T625 GÖKBEY full length static tests
With the T625 GÖKBEY, where the entire helicopter body is loaded and critical parts are tested, full-length static testing is carried out with 96 control channels, while the helicopter body is loaded at 96 different points and directions. In full-length static tests, which include 32 different test scenarios, sensor data is collected from approximately 2 channels. The collected data is analyzed by drawing structural strain maps on the hull. At the end of the tests, the structural strength limits of the helicopter fuselage will be revealed and certification processes will be initiated with safe flight.
While the tests carried out within the scope of the GÖKBEY project started with 2014 engineers in 4, it increased 2021 times in 8 and reached 32 engineers and technicians. The facility, equipped with world-class equipment and infrastructure, has a closed area of 3200 square meters and can perform 60 different tests at 60 different stations at the same time when it operates at full capacity.
Kotil reported that Gökbey has been conducting certification flights as of December 2020. Stating that all conditions were tested in the flights in question, Kotil stated that this process took a long time and if necessary, the process could be extended for another 2 years. Kotil stated that the Gökbey general purpose helicopter is planned to be produced 2 units per year, 24 per month.
T625 GÖKBEY General Purpose Helicopter
Within the scope of GÖKBEY General Purpose Helicopter Program, cockpit equipment, automatic flight control computer, condition monitoring computer, mission and flight management software for nationally developed military and civilian light class prototype helicopters have been developed by ASELSAN in accordance with civilian certification and are integrated into helicopters. In this context, equipment deliveries for civilian helicopters have been completed. Certification flights of GÖKBEY civil configuration helicopter continue. It can be used in many missions such as Helicopter, VIP, Cargo, Air Ambulance, Search and Rescue, Offshore Transport.