TAI Draws Accolades at Farnborough International Air show 2014

By Cem Akalın

Issue 55

The Farnborough International Air show ranks as one of the industry’s biggest sales and technology showcases, and for the first time at this year’s show, TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) displayed its Anka UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and the T129 “Atak” Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter.  The displays were located in the static display area of the show.  This was also the first time that TAI provided a corporate chalet for its visitors.  The TAI premises featured three meeting rooms as well as hospitality and dining areas, in covered quarters measuring 160 m2, plus a 75 m2 spectators location reserved for viewing flight displays.

There was a large turnout at the TAI chalet during the event, which took place near London between the dates of 14 and 20 July, 2014.  Representatives from TAI met with several interested parties, notably concerning the T129 “Atak” helicopter, as well as the “Anka” UAV, the “Hürkuş” basic trainer aircraft and the company’s space and satellite systems.  Additionally, TAI representatives held talks with company officials from Rolls-Royce, Northrop Grumman, GE Aviation, Sikorsky, Honeywell and Airbus Defence and Space, concerning forward-looking business opportunities and ongoing projects.  Some of the international dignitaries who visited the TAI chalet include Air Vice Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force, Pakistani Minister of Defence Production, Kingdom of Bahrain Minister of Transportation, and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff for United Kingdom.  On day one and day two of the show, several Turkish dignitaries visited the TAI chalet, including Prof. İsmail Demir, Undersecretary for Defence Industries, who was accompanied by his team, Temel Kotil, general manager of Turkish Airlines, Hamdi Topçu, chairman of the board of Turkish Airlines, and Hayrettin Uzun, past chairman of the board of TSKGV (Turkish Armed Forces Foundation).