TUSAŞ Engine Industry Inc. (TEI) CEO Mahmut F. Akşit stated the initiation of serial production for the TS-1400 engine, marking a pivotal moment in military technological advancement. In an interview with Anadolu News Agency, Akşit shared insights gained from the initial flight of the TEI-TS1400 turboshaft engine in collaboration with the GÖKBEY helicopter.
The post-flight examination has propelled TEI into the serial production phase, with raw material orders already underway. Akşit emphasized the pace, noting that continuous, mass-produced engines typically take 2-3 years for delivery, considering raw material supply and processing time.
Despite the time-intensive nature, Akşit expressed determination to expedite production, aiming to unveil the first mass-produced products within 15-16 months. The journey includes qualification tests and a certification process, with Akşit clarifying that military use doesn't necessitate certification.
EASA's approval, following the completion of the study, is anticipated within a few months. The certification process involves organisational approval and type certification, with a goal to conclude by the end of 2025, paving the way for global civilian helicopter sales.
Shifting focus to the TEI-TF6000 Turbofan Engine, Akşit revealed that it is nearing completion of certification and mass production studies. With applications in manned/unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, and naval platforms, this engine signifies a transformative leap in Turkiye's aerospace capabilities.
Akşit has also addressed the accelerated timeline for the TEI-TF6000 Turbofan Engine, expressing optimism in announcing its functionality soon. Despite the marathon of tests ahead, he highlighted significant strides in technology, aiming to initiate the first engine within 3-5 years.