Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced today that it is building a wind tunnel -- billed as Europe’s second biggest -- to test aerodynamics of aircraft such TF-X fighter jet that Ankara is developing indigenously.
The tunnel will have three different test sections, large, small and open. The test specimens will be positioned in these sections and will be equipped with state of the art technology measurement and sensing devices for advanced testing. Turkey’s wind tunnel facility will be the only one in the country with the capability to allow aeroacoustics testing.
It will be used in the development of indigenous, rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft including National Combat Aircraft (MMU) jet, TAI said in a release Friday.
With the integrated moving ground belt system, landing and take-off tests for aircraft will be carried out only in this tunnel in Turkey. In addition to these test capabilities, the production, integration and instrumentation of the models to be tested will also be carried out in this facility and significant contributions will be made to the product development process.