Bayraktar TB3 with Turkish engine and new cruise missiles

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ANKARA, ($1=5.62 Turkish Liras) – Thus, at the festival of aviation and space technology – TEKNOFEST -2021, which began its work on September 21, 2021, the PD222ST engine was demonstrated, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express. We are talking about the first Turkish turbodiesel aircraft engine PD222ST for strike drones and the start of delivery of a new turbojet KTJ-3200 for ATMACA RCC and cruise missile “air-surface” SOM.

Photo credit: Defense Express

According to the local newspaper Anadolu, TUSAŞ Motor Sanayii AŞ [TEI] has developed a new engine with 5 kg less weight and 55 horsepower more powerful than the first Turkish model of the turbo-diesel aircraft engine PD170, which was created under the import replacement program Drone Anka-S.

According to Mahmut Farouk Akshita, CEO and Chairman of TEI’s Board of Directors, the new engine will allow Bayraktar TB3 drones to take off with a payload from the runway deck of Turkey’s first TCG Anadolu universal landing craft.

“This engine is specially designed to provide high take-off power. Power is increased by 55 horsepower – from 170 to 225 horsepower. The engine can lift the device to great heights, but unlike the PD170 loses traction, reaching a height of 35 -40 thousand feet,” said Mahmut Farouk Akshit.

The head of the company said that they are working to improve the PD170 engine and its serial production. The engines in this line are to replace the Austrian Rotax engines in Turkish UAVs.

Bayraktar TB3, Photo credit: Defense Express

In total, we produced more than 60 engines. Most of them were delivered to our main customer TUSAŞ. We handed over several engines to Baykar, some of which will be used for the Bayraktar TB3 and the other for the Akıncı C drone version. “This engine is installed on Aksungur drones. The volume of serial production is expanding and we are now negotiating the production of several hundred units,” added the CEO of TEI.

At the same time, it was recently announced that the first deliveries of a new Turkish turbojet engine KTJ-3200 were made to equip the ATMACA anti-ship missile [developed by Roketsan] and the SOM cruise missile [developed by Tubitak-SAGE].

Relevant agreements between the rocket companies and the engine developer – KALE R&D, were reached during the IDEF 2021 exhibition.

The first launches of the ST cruise missile equipped with the KTJ-3200 are expecting in 2022. The KTJ-3200 expects to end Turkey’s dependence on the French TR40 engine and be integrated into various new cruise missiles in the future.

It is known that soon at least 400 new SOM cruise missiles will be equipped with a new Turkish-made turbojet engine.

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