Turkey’s procurement planners and aerospace industry have officially launched efforts to provide the country’s thriving defense industry the ability to build an indigenous helicopter.

Turkey’s arms procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), said Feb. 14 that it had created a “Rotor Technology Center,” or DKTM in its Turkish acronym, which it tasked with researching for and earning the Turkish industry a technological readiness level.

DKTM will carry out research and development and train “scientifically competent personnel” with a view to Turkey’s indigenous helicopter program. SSM said the move came as part of a June contract it signed with the country’s aerospace specialist, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).