Ankara, Turkey – General Manager of TUSAS Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil announced that PDR activities under the National Combat Aircraft project will begin in April 2021.

Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) General Manager and Board Member Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil was a guest on a live broadcast. During the program, he made important statements about the National Combat Aircraft (MMU) project and stressed that MMU’s Preliminary Design Review (PDR) activity will begin in April 2021.

Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil announced that the first MMU prototype would leave the Hangar on March 18, 2023 with engines running. According to the information obtained; within the scope of the MMU program, which consists of four separate phases, the “Phase-1 Step-1” stage is planned to be completed along with the PDR activity, which is planned to be completed in 2022.

If everything goes as planned, the MMU is intended to make its first flight in 2025 or 2026, enter the inventory of the Turkish Air Force Command in 2029 and reach an initial operational capacity from the beginning of the 2030s.

Within the scope of the MMU project, it is expected that more than 6000 engineers will be employed, 3000 of which are within TUSAS. The National Combat Aircraft (MMU) Project, which was initiated by TAI to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, and planned to replace the F-16 aircraft, continues at full speed.

General Manager of TUSAS, Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil, made important statements for the platforms at the project stage in his interview at an online event on January 17, 2021. Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil, at the event, mentioned the National Combat Aircraft, Gokbey general purpose helicopter projects and the goals of TUSAS.

Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil recalled TUSAS’s turnover in 2016, when he took office, and drew attention to the growth in 5 years. Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil said in a statement, “As TUSAS, we will close 2021 with $ 2.7 billion in revenue, that figure was $ 1.1 billion in 2016.”

Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil who also stated his goals in terms of human resources also stated that they aim to increase the number of engineers within TUSAS and that they are doing brain drain studies on the contrary. In a statement on goal in terms of human resources for 2028, he said: ” 50 thousand engineers work at Lockheed Martin. We will reach the number of 10 thousand engineers in 2028.”

Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil, who made important statements about national Combat Aircraft, noted that the MMU’s Preliminary Design Review (PDR) date, previously announced as 2022, will be in April 2021. He also said the first prototype would be released on March 18, 2023, by starting the engine from the hangar.

Future 5th Generation Turkish fighter jet project MMU is the largest defense industry project in Turkey, which creates excitement for anyone who is remotely interested in the defense industry and has great opportunities.

Even the fact that our country is working on this project brings with it self-confidence and technological breakthroughs for the Turkish aviation industry. the goal of producing a 5th generation of modern fighter jet is a very difficult process, which is dared by a number of countries in the world that will not cross the fingers of one hand.

Turkish Defense Industry; Atak is mature enough to achieve this challenging project with the excitement, national support and experience gained from National Defense Industry projects such as Milgem, Altay, Anka and Hurkus.

From another point of view, the Turkish defense industry has to produce a 5th generation fighter which is competitive in the international market in line with the vital defense needs of our country. Otherwise, Turkey, such as the $ 8.2 billion planned to be spent before the first flight, will suffer a huge loss of investment, people and time, and the next 50 years will not be able to have a modern and national warplane again.

The Republic of Turkey also leaves open doors for friendly and allied countries to participate in the project. In this context, Malaysia and Pakistan are known to follow the MMU project very closely and are reflected in the press.

Along with the MMU, the Turkish Air Force will have acquired many new capabilities. The responsibilities of the main companies that will take part in this project, which will allow our air force to step into a new era, leaving behind a touchstone such as the F-16, are briefly as follows.

TUSAS: Body, Design, Integration and software

TEI: Motor

ASELSAN: AESA Radar, EH, IFF, BEOS, BURFIS, intelligent cockpit, warning systems, RSY, RAM

METEKSAN: National Data Link

ROKETSAN, TUBITAK-SAGE and MKEK: Weapon systems