The first batch of F110 engines to be used in prototypes within the scope of the National Combat Aircraft (MMU) project has been delivered. Making a statement at the 9th Air and Avionic Systems Seminar, SSB Aircraft Department Head Abdurrahman Şeref CAN stated that the F110 engines to be used in the MMU prototype, which is planned to start ground tests next year, were delivered to Turkey by the USA. As reported by Savunmatr, 3 F-6 engines supplied in the first 110 MMU prototypes will be used.
İsmail Demir: We are working on the use of alternative engines for the MMU
Answering TurDef's questions at the DIMDEX defense fair held in Qatar, President of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir made statements on alternative engine and domestic engine studies for the National Combat Aircraft.
Explaining that they are working on the use of an alternative engine for the F110 engines to be used in the first prototype of the MMU, İsmail Demir stated that the alternative engine will protect the project against negative surprises and that it can power 2 prototypes until the domestic engine arrives. As it is known for the prototype stage of the MMU, F16 turbofan engines, which are also used in F-110 warplanes, will be used.
Regarding the development of the domestic engine, İsmail Demir underlined that sufficient financing could not be provided for 2 different domestic engine projects and that all contractors (TRMotor, Rolls-Royce, Kale, Pratt & Whitney and TEI) should be gathered under a single project.
He mentioned that Rolls-Royce had hesitations about working with TRMotor before, but this is not the case at the moment and if this trend continues, TRMotor may work in partnership with Rolls-Royce.
Similar to Turkey's alternative engine approach for MMU can be observed in AKINCI TİHA. While the Ukrainian-origin AI-450 turboprop engines were used in prototypes and the first batch of mass production, AKINCI-B, which uses a 750 hp engine, made its first flight recently. In this way, an alternative was created for AKINCI against a negative development in terms of engine supply from Ukraine, such as the Russia-Ukraine war.
Günceleme: 02/06/2022 14:20