Third Prototype of Gökbey Helicopter Begins Flight Tests

The third prototype of the gokbey helicopter started its certification flights
The third prototype of the gokbey helicopter started its certification flights

The third prototype of the Gökbey helicopter, whose certification test activities continue, has started flight test activities. President of the Presidency of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, in his statement on his official Twitter account, stated that the 3rd prototype of the Gökbey helicopter successfully performed its first flight. A new prototype of the Gökbey helicopter, whose certification testing activities are continuing, was included in the flight test activities with the aforementioned flight, which lasted approximately 40 minutes. It is known that Gökbey, Turkey's first domestic and civilian helicopter, has 4 prototypes in total.

TUSAŞ Corporate Marketing and Communications President Serdar Demir attended the “Yıldız Technical University Defense Industry Days” event, of which Defense Turk was one of the press sponsors. Speaking at the event held in May 2021, Demir also gave some important information about him.

Serdar Demir, stating in his speech that Gökbey is Turkey's first domestic and civilian helicopter, noted that together with Gökbey, Turkey is one of the six countries producing its own helicopter. Noting that the Gökbey general purpose helicopter, which is stated to have 4 prototypes already, continues its certification flights, Serdar Demir stated that after the certification phase, mass production will begin.

Within the scope of GÖKBEY General Purpose Helicopter Program, cockpit equipment, automatic flight control computer, condition monitoring computer, mission and flight management software for nationally developed military and civilian light class prototype helicopters are developed by ASELSAN in accordance with civilian certification and integrated into helicopters.

In February 2021, TEI TUSAŞ Motor Sanayi A.Ş. General Manager and Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Mahmut F. Aksit announced that our national GOKBEY helicopter will fly with our national engine after 2024.

Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil had announced that the helicopter would begin to be delivered in 2022. Kotil said, “The T-625 Gökbey is a helicopter behind the front line. In its class there is a similar helicopter made by the Italian Leonardo. I hope we will sell more than him in a year. Deliveries haven't started yet. We will make the first delivery of Gökbey in 1. " had included his statements. Kotil also announced that Gökbey's 2022th prototype is in the production phase.

Source: defenceturk

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