The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has officially relabeled its locally-developed light utility helicopter, previously known as Ozgun, as the TAI T-625.
The TAI T-625 is a twin-engine design capable of carrying up to 12 passengers, and is designed to replace the Turkish Armed Forces’ venerable UH-1H Huey utility helicopters.
Development of the T-625 officially began in 2013 when TAI was awarded a contract by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) to begin designing and developing a utility helicopter prototype. TAI aims to fly the 5-ton utility helicopter before the final quarter of 2018.
TAI will also develop the T-625’s main gearbox and transmission, while Aselsan will supply the T-625’s on-board electronics suite, which could include the company’s active phased-array transceiver-based electronic warfare and countermeasures suite.
The T-625 will be powered by the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) T800, a joint-program between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce. The LHTEC T800 platform, which was specifically the CTS800-4A, also powers the TAI T-129, the Turkish variant of the A-129 Mangusta attack helicopter.
Turkey’s TUSAŞ Engine Industries, Inc. is in the process of developing its own turboshaft engine to power the T-625 and T-129 helicopters. However, this program is not a short-term factor.