Turkey’s 1st local anti-ship missile engine breaks world record

TEI-TJ300 engine.

Turkey’s first domestically designed Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile (MRASM) air-breathing engine TEI-TJ300 broke a world record by reaching 1,342 newtons of impulse force with a diameter of 240 mm, the industry and technology minister said Friday.

The turbojet engine, developed within the scope of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s (TÜBITAK) Technology and Innovation Support Programs Directorate (TEYDEB) project, reached the impulse within the said diameter, a first in this class.

Mustafa Varank shared the record-breaking test video of the TEI-TJ300 engine on his Twitter account.

The engine is one of the solutions Turkey turned toward to meet its needs locally while maintaining its fight against official or nonofficial embargoes that targeted the country.

The project initially started in 2017, under the coordination of TÜBITAK, Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) engine producing subsidiary, TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) and leading defense contractor Roketsan, which yielded results far beyond the targeted outcome.

Officials attend the testing ceremony of the country’s first domestically designed medium-range missile engine in central Eskişehir province, Turkey, June 19, 2020. (AA Photo)

Its best competing engines in the 230-250 mm class produced a maximum impulse of 1,250 newtons with a diameter of 250 mm.

The first prototype of the TJ300 turbojet engine was tested in a ceremony held on June 19 last year with the participation of Varank. The missile engine is capable of operating at speeds of up to 90% of the speed of sound and at an altitude of up to 5,000 feet.

The turbojet engine TJ300 was originally designed to be used in medium-range ship repellent missiles, while with different configurations, it can also be used with several other platforms. TEI-TJ300 engine has the ability to start with wind effect (windmilling) without the need for any starter system (starter motor). This feature enables the platform to be applied to both air, naval and land defense systems.

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The mass production process of the engine will begin after the development and qualification tests are completed.

The TJ300 missile engine was designed to be compatible with air, naval and land defense systems.

Varank, meanwhile, drew attention to Turkey’s testing capabilities, which are also completely domestic. He said although many countries can produce in these sectors, if they lack proper testing environments, they cannot test the products without foreign support, resulting in further dependency.

The core of the engine of Turkey’s first indigenous multi-role helicopter, the T-625 Gökbey, was also tested at TAI’s compound, Varank recalled.

Gökbey’s engine will be delivered to TAI this year, Varank said, adding, “They will start working on the integration of the engine to be used in Gökbey after this delivery.”

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