Another sign has emerged that Turkey’s defense industry planners are serious about their ambition to manufacture an indigenous helicopter locally, with Ankara recently launching efforts to build the capability to produce a Turkish rotor.

Turkey’s civilian defense procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has said a “Rotor Technology Center” has been launched. The move comes as part of a June 2013 contract that the SSM signed with the country’s aerospace powerhouse, the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

The SSM said the rotor technology center, or DKTM according to its Turkish acronym, would aim to build rotor technologies through research and development activity and to train the scientifically competent personnel Turkey’s defense industry would need in the future, especially in view of a program to design, develop and manufacture the country’s first indigenous helicopter. […]