Turkey has reserved $648 million for research leading to the production of the country’s first helicopter.

The helicopter will be produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), and the project is being coordinated by the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM). The first Turkish helicopter will be ready for use on Sept. 6, 2018. Every component of the helicopter will be produced in Turkey, except the motor, which will come from abroad. But later, a local motor, which will be developed with the help of Tusaş Engine Industries (TEI), will be used. The US company General Electric (GE) is among TEI’s partner companies in the production of the motor.

The weight of the helicopter is planned to be 5 tons, and it will be used for civil and military purposes. […]