Turkish Aerospace (TA) has a 380-kph capacity Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the works, according to its CEO.
Turkish Aerospace, which introduced the new Aksungur 180-kph UAV at last week’s International Defense Industry Expo (IDEF’19) in Istanbul, is working on a supersonic UAV called Göksungur, Temel Kotil (photo) told Anadolu Agency.
“Turkish Aerospace created the twin-engine-powered Aksungur in just 18 months,” Kotil said.
Turkish Aerospace manufactured two Aksungurs for test flights and will deliver them this year to the Turkish Armed Forces, he added.
After completion of the Aksungur this year, Turkish Aerospace will start work on the Goksungur, he said.
In Turkish, Aksungur means gyrfalcon, and Goksungur means peregrine falcon, the world’s fastest bird.
He highlighted that Aksungur has a 750-kg carrying capacity, a sharp upgrade from the 200-kg capacity of the earlier model.
“We produce components for aviation giant such as Airbus, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing, and have annual exports totaling $500 million,” Kotil said.
He added that in 2019, Turkish Aerospace’s product range will help it reach $2.6 billion in turnover.
Turkish Aerospace, ranking among the top hundred global players in aerospace and defense industry, is the center of technology in design, development, modernization, manufacturing and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems, from fixed and rotary wing platforms to UAV systems and space systems and is one of the largest and most important defense and aerospace companies in Turkey.