Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI Inc) plans to train Malaysian engineers at its facility in Ankara for two months, following the opening of TAI Inc’s engineering and design office in Cyberjaya and a research park in Putrajaya. The initiative is aimed at boosting Malaysia to develop its own fighter jet design and manufacturing capability.
CEO of TAI Inc Prof Dr. Temel Kotil said the training course will offer the development of critical skills such as solving complex aircraft engineering problems, designing, developing and troubleshooting hardware development, computational analysis, and testing aircraft structures. They will also analyze new emerging technologies for application in aircraft systems.
The Turkish aerospace giant will also sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Negeri Sembilan state government on April 1 to develop the NS Aerospace Valley (NSAV), an area of 6,474 hectares (ha) and the Unmanned Vehicle Valley (UVV) with an area of 1,821 ha, in the Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0 (MVV 2.0).
Turkish Aerospace was one of six international companies that competed for the contract to supply 18 light combat aircraft (LCA) to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The firm is showcasing its Hürjet with capabilities including air-to-air refueling, helmet-mounted display, full glass cockpit with head-up display and embedded tactical training system, as well as fitted with human machine-interface with Turkish fifth-generation fighter aircraft program. TAI Inc is 54.49% owned by the Turkish government and supports Malaysia’s drive to create its own defense aircraft manufacturing industry.
(Sources: The Malaysian Reserve; Malaysian Investment Development Authority)