Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) displayed a mock-up of its proposed indigenously produced T-625 medium twin at the Paris Air Show in mid-June. Planning for the T-625 began in 2013 on commission from the Turkish government, and first flight could come by the end of next year with certification in 2020.
The 13,000-pound-plus-class multi-mission/utility helicopter is designed to compete with the Leonardo AW139 and the Airbus H175 and carry up to 12 passengers. TAI is aiming for a production run of 800, with half of those being export sales.
The main domestic customer will be the country’s armed forces, which intend to use the T-625 to replace its aging fleet of Bell UH-1H Hueys.