Turkish Aerospace & TRMOTOR Signs Protocol for the Development of MMU`s Power Units

Development activities of the National Combat Aircraft/FX (MMU) project carried out by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) are in progress. Turkish Aerospace and TRMOTOR signed a new protocol for the development of domestic power units.

Date: Issue 105 - April 2021

Turkish Aerospace, the main contractor of the project, had previously reached an agreement with local companies for investments such as a wind tunnel and lightning test center, and a framework contract was signed with TRMOTOR for the aircraft engine development. Within the scope of the project, to develop the domestic power units of the aircraft, another protocol was signed on February 14th with the participation of President of Defense Industries Prof. İsmail DEMİR, President and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Prof. Temel KOTİL & CEO of TRMOTOR Osman DUR.

Speaking at the signature ceremony, President of Defense Industries Prof. İsmail DEMİR said, “Developing subsystems for our National Combat Aircraft domestically is also really important in our target of becoming fully independent in critical technologies. Our national industry will power the MMU, and our aircraft will fly independently in the sky. I wish success to Turkish Aerospace, TRMOTOR and all other companies involved in the project.”

President and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Prof. Temel KOTİL said the following: “The National Combat Aircraft will not only meet our country’s combat aircraft requirements but also bring in all the systems necessary for us to produce new generation aircraft and will have a catalyst role for the development of our aviation industry. The protocol we have signed  with TRMOTOR will be an important step to turn a new leaf in Turkey’s aviation history. We are taking a new step for our domestic and national 5th generation fighter aircraft to reach domestic and indigenous power. Good luck to our nation and especially to our defense industry.”

CEO of TRMOTOR Osman DUR: “Aircraft engines and power systems are very crucial technologies for our country in terms of technology and strategy. At the same time, it also requires critical knowhow and experience in material, design, production, as well as in human resources and technologies. TRMOTOR, which was founded to develop indigenous aircraft engines with such an awareness, has initiated APU and ATSS development projects, while continuing its efforts for the indigenous MMU engine. Turkey has the power to acquire such technologies with its qualified human resources, engineering and consulting companies, universities as well as international collaborations. With the National Space Program announced this week, activities in the field of aviation, satellite and space will also accelerate the development of these technologies. It is certain that we will have fully independent, domestic and national engines in aircraft as we do in satellites, space and land platforms.”

The APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) and ATSS (Air Turbine Start System) solutions to be required in the National Combat Aircraft, which is planned to be rolled out in 2023, will be achieved with this agreement and a critical milestone in the MMU project will be accomplished.