Turkish Aerospace Industries

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Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc.
Native name
Turkish: Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayi A.Ş.
Industry Aerospace, Defence
Predecessor Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation
TUSAS Aerospace Industries, Inc.
Founded 2005; 12 years ago (2005)
Headquarters Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
Area served
Key people
Nejat Bilgin (Chairman)
Temel Kotil (President and CEO)
Products Aircraft, Satellites
Revenue US$ 1.001 billion (2014)
Owner Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (54.49%)
Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (45.45%)
Turkish Aeronautical Association (0.06%)
Number of employees
4,289 (January 10, 2013)
Divisions Aerostructures Group
Aircraft Group
Helicopter Group
UAS Group
Space Systems Group
Website www.tai.com.tr

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) (Turkish: Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayi A.Ş., TUSAŞ) is the center of technology in design, development, manufacturing, integration of aerospace systems, modernization and after sales support in Turkey.

Located in Ankara, the TAI production plant covers an area of 5 million square meters with an industrial facility of 150,000 square meters under its roof. The company has a modern aircraft facility furnished with high technology machinery and equipment that provide extensive manufacturing capabilities ranging from parts manufacturing to aircraft assembly, flight tests and delivery.

As of 2010, Turkish Aerospace Industries employs over 1500 engineers, of whom approximately 850 are research and development engineers working in military research projects.


An F-16C of the Turkish Air Force, produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries

TAI’s experience includes the licensed production of General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, CASA/IPTN CN-235 light transport/maritime patrol/surveillance aircraft, SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 trainers, Cougar AS-532 search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR) and utility helicopters as well as the design and development of Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), target drones and agricultural aircraft.

TAI’s core business also includes modernization, modification and systems integration programs and after sales support of both fixed and rotary wing military and commercial aircraft that are in the inventory of Turkey and its allies.

Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) Hurkus basic trainer aircraft has been granted air worthiness type certification, the company announced at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.

Major programs[edit]

TAI is engaged in manufacturing aerostructures for fixed and rotary wing, military and commercial aircraft for worldwide customers. TAI is in various partnership arrangements with AgustaWestland, Airbus Group, Alenia Aermacchi, Boeing, IAI, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, MD Helicopters, Sikorsky and numerous other companies in aerospace sector.

TAI manufactures Section 18 fuselage panels for Airbus 319/320/321 aircraft, wing tips and flight deck panels for Boeing 737 aircraft,[15] rear doors and engine cowlings for Eurocopter EC135 helicopters, MD 902 fuselage for MD Helicopters, horizontal stabilizers, tail rotor pylons and tail booms for Sikorsky S-70A and MH-60 helicopters, horizontal stabilizers for Sikorsky S-76 helicopters and AB139 fuselages for Agusta.[16] Furthermore, TAI manufactures nose landing gear doors for the Boeing 747, dorsal fin for 777 and parts/subassembly parts for 737/767/777. It also manufactures seven components of the Eurocopter AS 532 helicopter.

TAI, which had a single program (the co-production of the F-16 Fighting Falcon) at its establishment phase, is working on over 50 military and commercial programs today. As a partner of the Airbus Defence and Space, TAI has been participating in the design and development activities of the Airbus A400M program with the leading European aerospace companies; namely Airbus (France, Germany, Spain and UK), EADS CASA (Spain) and FLABEL (Belgium) from the beginning of the project. TAI has accepted the production of A350XWB's winglets with the new cooperation.

In May 2015, the Turkish regional jet project was launched, which consists of the indigenous production of two regional aircraft in different size. The 32-seat TRJ-328 jet with a range up to 2,000 nmi (2,300 mi; 3,700 km) will enter service in 2019. It is a Fairchild Dornier 328JET-based, modernized aircraft with new cockpit and engines. The larger, 70-seat TRJ-628 jet will be ready in 2023. Other Turkish companies as main contractors of the project are ASELSAN, TEI, HAVELSAN, Turkish Technic, Alp Aviation and Kale Aviation.[17][18]


TAI Anka at the stand of TAI during the IDEF 2015
T129 ATAK helicopter of the Turkish Army at the stand of TAI during the IDEF 2015
Model of reconnaissance and military satellite Göktürk-2 at the stand of TAI during the IDEF 2015

Unmanned aerial vehicles[edit]




TAI operates Turkish Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Center.


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  2. ^ "TAI DELIVERS RJAF'S FIRST F-16 A/C MODERNIZED AT ITS FACILITIES". tai.com.tr. 17 Oct 2007. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  3. ^ Pocock, Chris (24 February 2012). "Pakistan Air Force Receives New, Upgraded F-16s from U.S., Turkey". ainonline.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tusas Aerospace Industries (TAI) from Turkey and EUROCOPTER Extend their Cooperation in the Super Puma / Cougar Helicopter Family". eurocopter.com. 7 Sep 2004. Archived from the original on 2011-01-08. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  5. ^ "Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Delivers First S-70i BLACK HAWK Helicopter Tailcone". sikorsky.com. 28 Apr 2009. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  6. ^ "737 AEW&C Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft, USA". airforce-technology.com. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. [unreliable source?]
  7. ^ "The first C-130 aircraft, the avionics modernization of which will be realized by TAI, arrived at TAI's facilities". tai.com.tr. 27 Dec 2007. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  8. ^ "TAI delivers first composite parts for F-35". reinforcedplastics.com. 5 Mar 2009. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/us-lockheed-fighter-maintenance-idUSKBN0JP21J20141211
  10. ^ "Getting Ready for Takeoff". defensenews.com. 18 Jan 2010. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  11. ^ "Modernization & Modification Program – T-38 AVIONICS MODERNIZATION". defenceproducts.ssm.gov.tr. 1 Sep 2009. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ "T-129 fighter chopper aces maiden test flight". todayszaman.com. 29 Sep 2009. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  14. ^ "TAI Unveils ANKA Unmanned Airplane". trDefence. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "TAI's support to local sub-tier industry development". tai.com.tr. 18 Feb 2005. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  16. ^ "TAI in deal to supply fuselage sections for AgustaWestland AB139". flightglobal.com. 27 Apr 2004. Retrieved 4 Jun 2010. 
  17. ^ "Turkish Regional Jets Launched – TRJ-328 & 628". Airliners. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  18. ^ "İşte yerli yolcu uçağının teknik özellikleri". Sabah (in Turkish). 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  19. ^ "Turkey to open contract negotiations with TAI for the serial production of the Hürkus Trainer Aircraft". January 4, 2014. 

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