Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) of Turkey is Turkey’s centre of technology in design, development, modernization, manufacturing, integration and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems, from fixed and rotary wing air platforms to UAVs and satellites and ranks among the top hundred global players in aerospace and defence arena. The widespread product and activity range grant TAI a unique and unmatched position globally. Indigenously developed “ANKA” MALE Class UAV, “HURKUS” Primary and Basic Trainer Aircraft, “TURNA” and “SIMSEK” Indigenous Target Drone Systems and Advanced Avionics Modernization Suites for Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Platforms (F16, C130, T38, S70, etc.); jointly developed T129 Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter, A400M Military Transport Aircraft; E/O Surveillance and Reconnaissance Satellites; Special Mission Aircraft Conversions and System Integrations (AEW&C, MPA, MSA); and Design-to-Build or Build-to-Print aerostructures for military and commercial airborne platforms (F-35, A350 XWB, B787, etc.) are among the major products and activities under TAI’s umbrella. A Flight Academy was also established at TAI to provide rotary wing classroom and flight training as well as associated certification.
TAI is a risk share partner in A400M program and responsible of the design and manufacturing of the components: forward centre fuselage, ailerons, spoilers, tailcone, the doors, lighting system and the waste water systems. Weight was the main criteria in the workshare and TAI worked close with the partners and achieved to fit within the requirements. This success brings the A350 program aileron workshare and TAI designed the lightest aileron. TAI team is still working on methods to shorten the assembly activities.