TAI – A Considerable Global Player in Aerospace and Defense

Issue 81

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) a global center of technology in design, development, modernization, manufacturing, integration and life cycle support for integrated aerospace systems, from fixed and rotary wing air platforms to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and space systems. 

T129 “Atak” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter

T129 “Atak” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter, an optimization masterpiece developed to meet and exceed the specific harsh requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces has proven its worth as a superior alternative in its class.

Having successfully satisfied the Turkish Army, there is now a very strong international interest in the T129 “Atak”. Until now, the T129 “Atak” has been successfully deployed for several tests and demonstrations in various locations of the world including Turkey, Poland, Pakistan, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Bahrain and the United Kingdom.  As of October 2017, 30 Helicopters, of the contracted 59, were delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces within the scope of the Turkish “Atak” Program and they are actively participating in peacekeeping operations.

Anka Multi-Role ISTAR MALE UAS

Anka is a multi-role ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) MALE UAS that is capable of operating day / night and in adverse weather conditions. The system has more than a 200 kg payload capacity, 24hrs endurance and can fly at an altitude up to 30,000ft. 

Anka is fully autonomous and has an ATOL-Automatic Takeoff and Landing System with GPS and Radar Based fully independent sensors. The air vehicle takes-off and lands on the runway on its conventional tricycle retractable gear. The whole composite airframe is composed of a mono-block fuselage, detachable wing, V-Tail, retractable landing gear, dual redundant flight control sensors & surfaces, qualified avionic equipment, and service doors. The system is powered by a pusher type heavy fuel diesel engine. It can carry EO/IR HD optical/thermal/laser multi sensor system and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payloads simultaneously. The EO/IR payload is capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and laser pointing targets from distances up to 40km. The SAR payload provides high resolution imagery even through clouds at a standoff range up to 37km and supports both maritime and land surveillance. Anka UAS has Radio Relay capability and optional payloads such as ESM/ELINT and COMINT Systems for SIGINT missions and Wide Area Surveillance System (WASS) for improved larger area surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft is equipped with a wide bandwidth LOS data link. This link capacity can accommodate payload, pilot cameras and telemetry/telecommand throughput needs up to 200km away from Ground Data Terminal (GDT). Through hand-over feature operations can be conducted over areas outside of LOS range. The data link system is fully redundant and works within different frequencies.  It has encrypted communication capability. The System has Beyond LOS (SATCOM Capability) option as well. Anka has also an ATC transponder and a UHF/VHF radio on board for Air Traffic Communication. All airborne and ground-based flight control software is developed by the TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc.) Design Team. Ground troops can also receive real time imagery from Anka through Remote Video Terminal (RVT) to improve their situational awareness.

The Anka Air Vehicle is controlled through a Ground Control Station (GCS) for mission planning & analyzing and controlling & monitoring the UAV.  The mission can also be observed and analyzed at an Image Exploitation Station at headquarters that have data network access to the GCS. The system is fully-portable and can be broken down in sections for airlifting by C-130 and A400M transport aircraft. 

Anka Block-B in Service with Diverse Payloads

Several variants of the Anka system with New Generation EO/IR Camera, Radio Relay, ATC Com. and Elint/Comint is currently operational and providing service to Turkish Security Forces.

Hürkuş-C Light- Attack Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft

Hürkuş-C is designed as a Light-Attack Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft in addition to its main role of Flight Training. Although the main role of this aircraft is to provide basic flight training, it also proposes low cost and high accuracy solutions to Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance missions.  Electronic Warfare Systems are integrated to Hürkuş-C against ground-based air defense threats. 

T625 Multi-Role Helicopter

The helicopter incorporates several new technology features to provide operators with the highest levels of safety and operational benefits. Critical systems such as transmission, rotor and landing gear as well as aerostructures and avionics systems are designed from scratch. A new generation, advanced aerodynamic indigenous rotor design will provide excellent performance in the most demanding of operating environments. The T625 design also benefits from extensive use of composites, advanced airframe aerodynamics, next generation wide screen digital cockpit design and state-of-the-art avionics for maximum situational awareness. 

The first prototype design was completed as of October 2017 and the manufacturing process has since started. The T625 is expected to perform its first flight in 2018 and set to be in service early 2020s.

Turkish Fighter (TF)

The Turkish Fighter will be a 5th generation multi-role aircraft. It will be designed mainly for an air-to-air role with a consideration for an air-to-ground role as well. Upon engineering analysis, preliminary calculations, based on information received from suppliers of candidate engines, a decision was made that the TF aircraft will be a twin-engine configuration.