Turkey completes equipping its military aircraft fleet


March 31, 2022 4:00 p.m. (UTC+04:00)

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By Vugar Khalilov

Turkish defense industry chief Ismail Demir said the country has completed equipping its fleet of military transport aircraft (A400m), Yeni Shafak said.

“Our A400M fleet has been fully equipped. The 10th and last aircraft produced for the Air Force Command under the Turkish Armed Forces A400M project, in which we are partners in the design and production of tactical transport missions, entered service,” Demir said. said on his Twitter account.

The Turkish Defense Industries Directorate (SSB) also issued a statement on the matter, noting that the latest aircraft built for the Turkish Air Force Command’s tactical transport needs under the A400M project has been deployed in Kayseri.

“Our aircraft, of which TUSAS (Turkish Aerospace Industries) was the design and manufacturing partner and TEI (TUSAS Engine Industries) was the engine subcontractor, was built in a higher configuration than previous models,” according to the direction.

Some 103 aircraft were delivered under the contract signed between OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation) and AMSL on behalf of the consortium comprising Germany (53), Belgium-Lux (8 ), France (50), England (22), Spain (27) and Turkey (10), the state agency said.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force was the first non-consortium user of the aircraft in question, according to the report.

Kazakhstan, the ninth A400M customer, has bought two planes under a 2021 deal, the company says. In August 2007, the final assembly line for the A400M aircraft began operations. A ceremony in Spain marked the passage of the A400M aircraft from the final manufacturing line to the flight line on June 26, 2008. On December 11, 2009, the A400M took flight for the first time.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS), in collaboration with the aeronautical industries of the participating countries (Germany, Belgium, France, England and Spain), assumes the responsibility for the design and production of the aircraft in proportion to the number of planes received by each country.

TAI has an interest in structural components and systems. TAI engineers and technicians design and manufacture the ailerons and spoilers, as well as the main structural components of the A400M aircraft (such as the front center frame, the upper rear fuselage section, the parachute doors, the exit door of reserve, rear upper reserve cover and tail cone).

The A400M is powered by the TP400 engine, a one-of-a-kind turboprop designed by the Euro Prop International (EPI) consortium (Rolls-Royce, MTU, Snecma and ITP), a subcontractor to AMSL. TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI) is another PPE subcontractor in engine production.

MSN009, the first aircraft delivered to Turkey under the A400M transport aircraft project, was highlighted as being included in the inventory in 2014. Turkey became the first consortium country to complete the “fleet A400M”, with its 10th and last aircraft (MSN 118) accepted on March 29, 2022, following test activities carried out at Airbus facilities in Seville/Spain.

The 10th aircraft, numbered MSN 118, was the first to be delivered at the new configuration level under the project, and it had greater capabilities than other aircraft previously included in the inventory, the statement said.

“The improvement activities carried out for the final configuration of our A400M aircraft are carried out at the refurbishment center established in Kayseri, and under this framework, the refurbishment activities of two aircraft have been successfully completed so far,” continues the communicated.

Following the test activities, the 10th aircraft, which will strengthen the Turkish Air Force and make a significant contribution to the defense of the country, was deployed on March 30 to the 12th Air Transport Main Base Command in Kayseri/Erkilet.

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