Ankara, Turkey – PD-170, Turkey’s first turbodiesel Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Engine developed with national and domestic capabilities, counts days for delivery.
40 PD-170 turbodiesel UAV engines developed by TUSAS Motor industry AS (TEI-TUSAS Engine Industries) are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.
PD-170 will be used by Anka, Aksungur, Akinci and Bayraktar TB3 platforms. Considered a turning point for Turkish aviation, the PD-170 will add strength to the power of national unmanned aerial vehicles, which have been mentioned frequently recently. With the engine, which qualifies as best-in-class, drones will be able to stay in the air, climb faster and carry more payloads. As of the end of 2018, test flights had begun again on the Anka UAV developed by TUSAS.
The PD-170 gave confidence by providing the desired performance while undergoing difficult trials. The engine, which weighs 165 kilograms, can reach an altitude of 40 thousand feet. In terms of performance, it has the distinction of being “best” in its category. It also stands out for its low fuel consumption.
TEI-PD170 turbodiesel aviation engine, which is the output of the project that was initiated under the support of Presidency of Defense Industries in order to develop the first indigenous and national aviation engine of Turkey with the aim of meeting the power need of MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) class unmanned aerial vehicles, especially ANKA, has a capacity to generate 172 HP (± 2).
Outdoing all of its competitors with the higher altitude capabilities and low fuel consumption, TEI-PD170 has a two-stage serial turbocharging system. The TEI-PD170 engine, which can run on JP-8 or Jet-A1 fuel, is well ahead of its competitors with a dry weight of 162 kg. With the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and the software thereof, that are manufactured and developed within the bounds of TEI’s possibilities, the TEI-PD170 engine, which has been developed in accordance with the civil aviation standards and has 45.000 ft. service ceiling.
Proceeded to the mass production stage at the end of 7000 hours of calibration and testing activities, the TEI-PD170 engine performed the first flight with ANKA platform on December 27, 2018, and continues its flights.