Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is working on new unmanned aircraft technology alongside the TF-X National Combat Aircraft (MMU), in which artificial intelligence (AI) serves as a second pilot, the company’s general manager said Tuesday.
The TAI top official explained that there is only one pilot in the fifth-generation aircraft and the AI acts as the second pilot, underlining that the MMU is a “more intelligent aircraft” with this feature.
The MMU’s engine will be ready in 2023, and the plane will be ready to fly in 2025. It will then be delivered to the Turkish Air Force, he underlined.
The engine has been developed by Turkey’s indigenous engine production company TR Motor, a joint company of the TAI and another Turkish defense firm SSTEK, Kotil said, stressing that support from other companies is required to develop peripheral and subcomponents of the engine.
“But there is a need for such a plane,” he said and that it could see very high demand, whether it is built in Turkey or elsewhere.