Turkish company TUSAS Engine Industries has started developing a new turbo-shaft engine for the promising multipurpose helicopter T-625, Defense Aerospace reports . The new power plant will have to replace the LHTEC CTS800 turboshafts developed by the British company Rolls-Royce and the American Honeywell with serial helicopters.
At present, Turkey does not have turbo-propelled helicopter engines of its own design. Today the country has a large-scale program for the development and production of turbofan and turbofan engines for prospective helicopters and aircraft of various classes. In particular, it is planned to create engines for the prospective Turkish fighter TF-X.
The turbo engine is a kind of gas turbine power plant in which the turbine is divided into two parts. The first part drives the compressor, and the second – through the gearbox, various units. The jet nozzles do not have turbo engines. Such power plants are used on helicopters, since they can provide high power on the shaft.
It is expected that TUSAS will spend about eight years developing a new helicopter power plant. The new engine will be able to develop power up to 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts). The main parameters of the powerplant have not yet been determined. As expected, the mass production of power plants will begin in the mid-2020s.
Development of the multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter T-625 has been underway since 2013. The first flight of the car is planned for 2018, and the beginning of serial production – for 2020. The weight of the new car will be about five tons. The T-625 will be the first production helicopter designed by Turkish companies.
Today, Turkey produces T129 attack helicopters, also equipped with LHTEC CTS800 engines. This machine weighing 2.4 tons is developed on the basis of the Italian A129 Mangusta. The helicopter can reach speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour and carry out flights to a range of up to 561 kilometers. The machine is armed with a 20-millimeter gun and is equipped with four suspension points for missiles and bombs.