Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is rapidly expanding its capabilities along a number of avenues. Here at SOFEX some of its principal areas of expertise are being presented (Hall 1, Stand A108), including Turkey’s TF National Fighter project, which is being pursued to equip the Turkish air force by replacing the F-16 from the 2030s.
For now, one of TAI’s most important projects is the Anka medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV.
The prototype fi rst flew on 30 December 2010, and now production of the Anka-S version is underway for the Turkish armed forces. This has an enlarged forward fuselage to house a satellite communications antenna. The UAV has been successfully weaponised with Roketsan’s MAM-L precision glide munition.
Last July the Turkish ministry of defence announced that the Anka (a development air vehicle) had undertaken its fi rst armed strike with a MAM-L attack on the PKK.
Meanwhile, TAI has developed a version of the Anka equipped with an extensive suite of signals intelligence equipment.
Although still undergoing tests, the Anka-I has been used operationally in support of Turkish operations in the north of Syria.
Another TAI product that has seen action in Syria is the T129 Atak attack helicopter, itself an outgrowth of the Italian AW129 Mangusta. TAI is now working on an Atak 2, which will incorporate various systems – including transmission, rotors and undercarriage – that have been developed indigenously for the T625 multirole transport helicopter that is due to make its first flight later this year.
Training is another area in which TAI has been busy, having produced the Hurkus turboprop-powered trainer and the Hurkus-C armed derivative.