Anadolu, January 29, 2019 - Turkey's technology minister tested a new engine on Jan. 4 for the country's new nationally developed helicopter.
During a trip to the central city of Eskişehir, Mustafa Varank visited a factory of Turkish Engine Industries (TEI) where the TS1400 turboshaft engine had been developed for the indigenous multirole T625 'Gokbey' helicopter.
Varank also attended the inauguration of new aeronautical testing equipment with which the motor was tested.
“The TS1400 turboshaft engine, which was entirely designed and developed by TEI engineers, is a critical step in shaking off dependence on the outside,” Varank said in a speech after inspecting the engine and testing area.
Adding that at least one of every two planes worldwide use parts manufactured by TEI, Varank underlined that Turkey is seeking greater progress in aeronautics and space technology.
He stressed that through firms like TEI, 21 billion Turkish lira ($3.9 billion) of investment had been made in Eskişehir over 17 years.
The T625 is a new generation twin engine six-ton class helicopter developed in response to growing market demand, according to Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation.
A TAI T625 mockup on display at Paris Le Bourget Airshow in June 2017