Black Hawk Engine Manufacturing Lands in Turkey
In the same month when Turkey reported record export figures and higher employment numbers, GE announced that its military turboshaft engines for the Black Hawk helicopter will be built in Turkey for the first time, creating up to 150 new high-skilled manufacturing jobs.
TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI), a joint venture of GE, TUSAŞ (Turkish Aerospace Industries), the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation and the Turkish Aeronautical Association, has been licensed by GE to produce these powerful T700-GE-701D engines for Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopters, which also are being manufactured in Turkey.
The move by GE enhances the country’s competence in sophisticated, high-performance manufacturing, contributes to its industrial competitiveness and supports its growing export sector. TEI also has been approved to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for all GE T700 engine models for the engine’s customers, whether they are located inside or outside of Turkey.
GE has a long history of support to Turkey’s domestic defense manufacturing industry, beginning with the establishment of TEI in 1985 to produce engines for the F-16 fighter jet. The new T700-GE-701D engine production line will further extend Turkey’s defense manufacturing base.
In 2000, GE launched the Turkey Technology Center (TTC), one of five global centers for GE Aviation’s Engineering Division, to support design, R&D and sustainment activities for GE Aviation’s civilian and military engine portfolio. Currently, more than 250 TEI and GE engineers work at the center in support of local aircraft engine manufacturing and repair services to both local and international customers.