Turkey To Start Space Trials Of Domestic Rocket Engines
Turkey will start space trials of its liquid-propellant rocket engines, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.
“I would like to announce the start of the first space trials of domestically developed liquid-propellant rocket engine technology,” Erdogan said at the opening ceremony of Turkey’s leading defense company Roketsan’s production facility and research center in the capital Ankara.
“We will also continue our efforts to develop hybrid fuel rocket engines,” he added.
He said Roketsan has developed high-capacity hydrogen fuel cell technology, a clean energy source with applications for the space sector, as well as aviation and transportation.
“The GPS receivers needed for precision-guided munitions and weapon systems have also been produced domestically for the first time,” said the president.
“At this center, we are working on technologies of the future, such as miniature weapons, hypersonic systems, and laser and directed-energy weapons using electromagnetic technology.”
Turkish Defence Industry
President Erdogan stressed that Turkey does not tolerate any lack of coordination in the defence industry.
“In particular, we never accept products from abroad that we can make in the country. We have brought our nearly paralysed defence industry back to life,” he said.
“Inspired by the glorious heritage of our ancestors, we reduced our defence industry’s external dependence from 70% to 30%.”
He pointed out that Turkey is among the top countries in production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), armed UAVs, and offensive UAVs.
“Our Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV can easily hit targets with its laser-guided 230-millimetre missile system. This new development will especially strengthen our forces out on the front,” said the president.
The Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV was developed and manufactured by Turkish defence company Baykar Technologies.
Speaking later at a graduation ceremony at the National Defence University in Ankara, Erdogan said: “We are mounting an effective fight against all threats by balancing our investments in the defence industry and our human resources.”