Turkey names 1st indigenous multirole helicopter Gokbey

Alaturka Bilim Teknoloji Haberleri

By Gokhan Ergocun

ISTANBUL (AA) – The name of Turkey's first indigenous multirole helicopter T625 is 'Gokbey', President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday.

“We successfully carried Turkey to a growth spurt [in the defense field], ” Erdogan said at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit in capital Ankara.

The T625 is a new generation, twin engine, 6 ton class helicopter developed in response to a growing market demand, according to the Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation (TAI).

Erdogan noted that indigenous battle tank — developed with new technologies — would be available to Turkish Armed Forces.

“Indigenous Kasirga, Bora and Som missiles are now in the mass production phase and our works are continuing for new models, ” he added.

He added that Turkey would reach an upper hand by producing indigenous long-range missiles of which test-fires have been completed.