Turkey names its first indigenous multirole helicopter Gökbey

Gökbey.The name of Turkey's first indigenous multirole helicopter T625 is Gökbey.

"We successfully carried Turkey to growth sport (in the defense field), "President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit in capital Ankara on Dec 12.

The T625 is a new generation, twin engine, six-ton class helicopter developed in response to a growing market demand, according to the Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation.

Erdoğan noted that the indigenous battle tank - developed with new technologies - would be new technologies - would be available to Turkish Armed Forces.

"Indigenous Kasırga, Bora and Som missiles are now in the mass production phase and our work are continuing for new models." he added.

The president also said that Turkey will get an upper hand by producing indigenous long-range missiles of which test-fires have been completed.

"We will not stop until Turkey can develop and produce all the strategic needs of the defense industry." Erdoğan stressed.

Turkey pursues 650 defense industry projects worth total of 60 billion dolar, he said.

On Turkey's another indigenous aircraft, he said Turkey will improve combat helicopter Atak and the country's efforts to develop indigenous warplane are ongoing.

"Having money based only on natural resources or trade doesn't guarantee your freedom if you haven't reached a certain level in the defense industry." he asserted.

Saying that Turkish private sector produced unmanned and armed air vehicles, he underlined it will go further and produce more powerful ones.

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Last Updated: 9.4.2019 13:52:18