TUSAŞ Engine Industries, Inc. (TEI), which launched the mass production of the PD155 engine developed within the framework of ANKA-S Engine Modification Project and delivered the first nine engines to Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), successfully carried ANKA to the sky with the first engine upon the completion of its aircraft integration studies. The PD155 engine successfully performed flight tests at different altitudes and speeds after verification, ground and taxiway tests.
One of the first prototypes of the PD170 engine, which was completely developed by TEI engineers within the scope of Operational UAV Engine Development Project, was delivered to TAI. The integration of PD170 engine into ANKA continues.
TEI General Manager Mahmut Akşit said in the PD155 project, they developed an engine equivalent to ANKA’s existing engine, adding that they accomplished this by converting a commercial engine into a military instrument.
Noting that ANKA realized its first flight with this engine in February, Akşit said since the numbers are not too high, the transformed engines in the UAV sector are quite common, informing that a commercial engine is converted into a military engine that can operate at 30,000-40,000 feet in this regard. “The engine performing the first flight was converted from a commercial engine. It can exactly provide requirements of ANKA’s existing engine,” Akşit said. “It performed the first flight and even the second longer flight successfully. Our TAI team will continue to test the engine under different conditions. We took this engine under mass production. We delivered nine units last year.This new generation engine has not made its first flight. It is a diesel engine that can easily take ANKA up to 40,000 feet and also increase the cargo capacity of this vehicle. The first engine was delivered to TAI in November 2017, and integration work started,”he added.
Aksit said the TEI-designed PD170 engine is more powerful than the current 155-165-horsepower engine and that it can generate power over 170 horsepower.