After the completion of production, the National Combat Aircraft (MMU) was removed from the hangar for tests. Taxi tests, which are the next step for the engine running aircraft, have begun.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) had prepared to hold a ceremony at its Ankara facilities for March 18. However, this ceremony was postponed after the earthquake in Kahramanmaraş. However, tests for the aircraft continued as planned.
The MMU, which started the engine last month, then began taxi tests. The test photos have been received by SavunmaSanayiST :
Taxi test done on March 16
According to the information obtained by SavunmaSanayiST.com; During the test carried out on Thursday, March 16, the National Combat Aircraft started its own engines and took to the runway.
Moving and advancing on the runway with its own engines for a while, the National Combat Aircraft successfully completed its first taxi test.
The National Combat Aircraft, which is planned to hold the exit ceremony from the hangar on March 18, 2023, which is called roll-out, has proven that it is ready for roll-out with this test.
MMU gets its own camouflage
DefenseSanayiST.com has accessed the special footage of the National Combat Aircraft on the runway. In the images, it was seen that the National Combat Aircraft got its gray paint, while the air intakes and radome parts were painted in a lighter color.
First flight taken this year
The National Combat Aircraft Project, in which Turkey aims to develop its own 5th generation fighter aircraft with national resources, was launched on 5 August 2016. The first flight date of the National Combat Aircraft, which is aimed to make its first flight in 2026, was drawn to the end of 2023 in the past weeks. Having successfully completed the taxi test, the National Combat Aircraft is expected to make its first flight this year.