TUSAŞ Motor Industry Inc. (TEI) introduced the engine solutions it developed for aircraft at TEKNOFEST, Turkey’s biggest technology festival hosted by Ankara and hosted by AA for the 8th time.
Mahmut Akşit, General Manager of TUSAŞ Motor Industry Inc., stated that they gathered their piston diesel engine solutions under the “PD” series and said that they made 9 deliveries to TUSAŞ from the PD155, the first engine they developed with the “rush” code, due to the difficulties experienced in importing the UAV engine.
Informing that they developed the more powerful PD170 engine after solving this urgent problem, Akşit emphasized that this engine has a domesticity rate of over 95 percent, except for some standard accessories that can be obtained from everywhere. Akşit pointed out that these engines are the engines with the highest altitude capability in their class in the world and said:
“AKSUNGUR UAV, with the PD170, went above 30 thousand feet with a piston engine for the first time in the world and flew successfully. Although the mission profiles are generally 20-30 thousand feet, we are gradually increasing these values to 30-40 thousand feet with new technology engines. Number one in the world in terms of power at altitude. At the same time, it is far ahead of its competitors in fuel consumption. It burns very little, it is stingy. The engines on the AKSUNGUR flying at the ceremony are exactly the same as these engines. They have to complete certain flight profiles before mass production. They are about to complete this. Flight tests. It was going on. At the time of the ceremony, they came here and made their flights in the window that opened. Now the engine is local, the plane is local, everything is local. It has been a long time since they entered the serial production phase. Our mass production will accelerate. There are offers from abroad, there are things that have come to the last stage. They are exporting. There are procedures for permits, etc. We deal with them, and as a strategy, to whom we will sell or not, we have to make these decisions together with our state. Our government will decide, as other countries have done to us. Final preparations were made for Bayraktar TB3 to fly with this engine. I think all the integration work related to the engine is over. There are tests on the plane that Baykar wants to do before the flight, they are dealing with them. After flying with TB3, ANKA, AKSUNGUR, Bayraktar, there seems to be a demand at a level that will exceed our capacity in the first place with TB3. We are negotiating and negotiating. The series you see has now gone into mass production, and their flight maturity has come to a certain point. We’re looking ahead now.”
PD222 will be ready to fly next year
Mahmut Akşit said that after the PD170, a more powerful 225 horsepower engine like the PD222 came and passed the endurance tests successfully. Akşit said, “We are even looking ahead of that, looking at more powerful engines, we are working on it.”
Emphasizing that they are making engines that are more powerful but fit in the same place, Akşit said, “We will continue this race. In other words, we are also working to develop more powerful engines that will fit in the same place.”
Informing that the production of PD170 has exceeded 60, Akşit stated that these are “good numbers” considering the numbers in aviation. Akşit said, “We will see that these numbers increase to 60-70 per year as mass production orders are placed in the coming years, as TB3 and so on come into play.”
Noting that the PD222 will be ready for flight next year if nothing goes wrong, Akşit said, “It passed the endurance tests. Finally, we continue the flight profile tests requested from us. It doesn’t have much time.”
TS1400 is preparing for mass production deliveries
Reminding that they have reached the technological level of manned flight with the helicopter engine TS1400, Aksit said:
“The next step is certification. One of the two major stages of certification, the first stage is the certification of the design engineering team and the confirmation that this design is carried out in international standards and quality. This stage is about to end. One of 10 stages remains. We will complete it before the end of the year. After that, certification To show that the engine has passed the required tests under international conditions, one by one, in the presence of the inspector. This takes a process. This is for civilian applications. There is no need for civilian certification for military applications. We need to show in the presence of the customer that it has successfully passed the tests requested by the customer. They call it qualification. By completing these, next year We plan to deliver the first 2 engines for mass production before it is finished.”
Expressing that there are several countries interested in the PD170 engine, Akşit said, “There are even countries that have opened orders. We are currently negotiating with the government in the export permits section.”