The project, which is signed between TEI and Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (UDI) on December 27, 2012, contains developing a turbodiesel aviation engine with domestic facilities which has superior technical specifications, in accordance with the needs of MALE class unmanned air vehicles.
With the project, which is planned to be completed in 2018, Turkey will have an overqualified national turbodiesel engine which can be used for MALE Class UAVs. The project is in the stage of protoype manufacaturing while the detail design studies continue along with certification processes
Airworthiness Certification based on EASA CS-E and Design Organization Capability Approval based on EASA Part 21 will be obtained for the Operative UAV Engine under development, which will be a first in Turkey.
Advantages of the Operative UAV Engine in comparison with the current MALE Class UAV Engines are listed below:
- More Power, Higher Power/Weight Ratio
- Higher Power Capability at High Altitude
- Less Fuel Consumption
- More Compact Design
- Airworthiness Certification Compatible Civil Aviation Standarts and Military Standards
- Indigenous Engine Control System Software and Hardware (Open code, upgradeable)
- Fast Technic and Logistic Support
- Need-Based Power-boost potential
Technical specfications of the Operative UAV Engine: