3rd Gökbey Helicopter Prototype Successfully Performed Its First Flight

Date: Issue 108 - July 2021

On June 28 President of Defense Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail DEMİR announced that the 3rd Gökbey Helicopter prototype successfully performed its first flight. Sharing a video of the test DEMİR said, "With this flight, which lasted approximately 40 minutes, we included a new prototype in flight test activities."

The T625 Multi-Role Helicopter Program was initiated to meet the light-weight class helicopter requirements both for military and private users worldwide. It was launched upon the decision of the Defence Industry Executive Committee dated on June 15, 2010. The Turkish Light Class Utility Helicopter (TLUH) Program was signed between the SSB and Turkish Aerospace which was awarded the amount of US$687.3 million in a contract dated June 26th, 2013. The contract became effective on september 6 and the kick-off meeting was held on October 11th, 2013.