The fourth prototype of the Gökbey helicopter, whose certification test activities continue, has started flight test activities. The fourth prototype of Gökbey, the national general purpose helicopter developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, took off for the first time. The development in question was made by TAI General Manager Prof. Dr. Announced by Temel Kotil. Sharing the photos from the flight test, Kotil said, “I am happy to share with you the test flights of our 4th GÖKBEY, which took off for the first time. I would like to thank all my valuable colleagues who work day and night. We will always continue to work for more.” said.
The first Gökbey helicopter will be delivered to the Gendarmerie
İsmail Demir, President of the Presidency of Defense Industries, met with television and newspaper representatives in Ankara to convey the 2021 evaluation and 2022 projects. Describing the targets for 2022, SSB President Demir stated that the first deliveries of the original helicopter GÖKBEY will be made to the Gendarmerie General Command.
In August 2021, TAI General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil had announced that they would deliver the first GÖKBEY helicopter to the Gendarmerie General Command towards the end of 2022. Kotil stated that in the process following the deliveries to the Gendarmerie, deliveries can be made to the Air Force Command and to foreign customers.
T625 GÖKBEY full length static tests
With the T625 GÖKBEY, where the entire helicopter body is loaded and critical parts are tested, full-length static testing is carried out with 96 control channels, while the helicopter body is loaded at 96 different points and directions. In full-length static tests, which include 32 different test scenarios, sensor data is collected from approximately 2 channels. The collected data is analyzed by drawing structural strain maps on the hull. At the end of the tests, the structural strength limits of the helicopter fuselage will be revealed and certification processes will be initiated with safe flight.
While the tests carried out within the scope of the GÖKBEY project started with 2014 engineers in 4, it increased 2021 times in 8 and reached 32 engineers and technicians. The facility, equipped with world-class equipment and infrastructure, has a closed area of 3200 square meters and can perform 60 different tests at 60 different stations at the same time when it operates at full capacity.
Kotil reported that Gökbey has been conducting certification flights as of December 2020. Stating that all conditions were tested in the flights in question, Kotil stated that this process took a long time and if necessary, the process could be extended for another 2 years. Kotil stated that the Gökbey general purpose helicopter is planned to be produced 2 units per year, 24 per month.