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IDEF 2021: TAI reports progress on fixed- and rotary-wing programmes

24th August 2021 - 14:31 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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Initial sonobouy integration trials with the Aksungur MALE UAV are due to commence this year. (Photo: author)

CEO announces 2023 milestone plans for Hürjet, TF-X and ATAK, while programme manager confirms ASW variant of Aksungur UAV will have sonobouy deployment capability.

A number of Turkish Aerospace (TAI) projects were on show in mock-up form at IDEF 2021, including the TF-X fighter, ATAK helicopter and Hürjet trainer, as well as the Aksungur MALE UAV.

TAI CEO, Temel Kotil, said during a press conference: 'On March 18, 2023, Hürjet and ATAK-2 will take to the skies, and our [TF-X] will roll out of the hangar.'

Kotil further noted on Hürjet that 'we have completed some preliminary work in preparation for taking off and landing from an aircraft carrier'.

Speaking to Shephard, the ATAK programme manager said: 'Delivery of T129 phase two helicopters …

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