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Turkiye's Gokbey helicopter marks first indigenous engined flight

4th May 2023 - 12:00 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul


Engines are seen as a weak link in Turkiye's indigenous defence capabilities, making the latest flight significant. (Photo: Turkish Aerospace)

On April 22, 2023, Turkish Aerospace’s T-625 GOKBEY general-purpose helicopter conducted a test flight with an indigenous TEI-TS1400 engine for the first time.

The flight of the indigenous helicopter with TS1400 Turboshaft Engine produced by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) marked a first for the Turkish defence industry.

Ismail Demir, the head of the Turkish Defence Agency (SSB), announced the event on Twitter with a video. 

He defined the event as a milestone for the Turkish defence industry as although Turkish defence companies are on the rise by developing and manufacturing much of the military equipment, engines are considered to be Ankara's weakest link. 

As one of the most promising engine projects, the TS1400 has started testing on the GOKBEY utility helicopter.

'An important milestone in the

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Tayfun Özberk


Tayfun Özberk

Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

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