The construction of Turkey’s largest and Europe’s second largest wind tunnel facility is underway for the execution of wind tunnel tests of aircraft with domestic and national means within the body of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ). The wind tunnel is intended to be used in the development of indigenous, rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, especially the Turkish Fighter.
At the facility, which will be operated by TAI, tests of products developed in the defense industry and other sectors, especially the original Air Vehicles developed by TAI will be carried out. The tunnel will have three different test specimens; large, small and open and the tunnel will be equipped with advanced technology equipments for assessment and evaluation. With the integrated moving ground belt system, landing and take-off tests for aircraft will be carried out only in this tunnel in Turkey. In addition to these test capabilities, the production, integration and instrumentation of the models to be tested will also be carried out in this facility and significant contributions will be made to the product development process.
Turkish Aerospace President and CEO Prof. Temel Kotil said,
“We are building the second largest subsonic wind tunnel facility in Europe. We keep working in order to achieve our biggest project Turkish Fighter. Our facility will be the only facility in Turkey in this field with the capability to allow aeroacoustic testing.”
Supersonic wind tunnel from TÜBİTAK SAGE
TÜBİTAK SAGE Institute Director Gürcan Okumuş attended the Eskişehir Defense Industry Conference – ESAS’20 event organized by Eskişehir Technical University Defense Industry and Technologies Club (SASTEK). Also Okumuş,
“TUBITAK SAGE has started to invest in a supersonic wind tunnel. Actually, this is a very unknown information but I want share. Hopefully, Turkey’s first Supersonic Wind Tunnel will be commissioned by TÜBİTAK SAGE in the coming years. Of course, it is a very difficult investment, special technologies are needed. TÜBİTAK-SAGE will also do supersonic with its subsonic Wind Tunnel experience.”