Turkey’s TAI builds Europe’s 2nd-largest subsonic wind tunnel

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is building Europe’s second-largest subsonic wind tunnel for testing the country’s fighter jets.

“The wind tunnel is intended to be used in the development of indigenous, rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, especially the Turkish Fighter,” a press release read Friday.

The tunnel, including three different sections – large, small and open – will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology measurement and sensing devices for advanced testing.

“With the integrated moving ground belt system, landing and take-off tests for aircraft will be carried out only in this tunnel in Turkey,” it noted.

Temel Kotil, the state-run aviation company’s CEO, said: “Our facility will be the only facility in Turkey in this field with the capability to allow aeroacoustics testing.”

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He said they are reaching an important stage of the National Combat Aircraft (MMU) project, which according to him is “a survival project” for the country. This aircraft is a fifth-generation indigenous stealth fighter jet and one of the country’s long-awaited technology projects.

“Our facility will be the only facility in Turkey in this field with the capability to allow aeroacoustics testing,” Kotil also added.

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