Turkey names 1st indigenous multirole helicopter Gokbey

President Erdogan says country's defense sector has entered new phase of growth

Turkey names 1st indigenous multirole helicopter Gokbey

The name of Turkey's first indigenous multirole helicopter T625 is 'Gokbey', President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday.

"We successfully carried Turkey to a growth spurt [in the defense field]," Erdogan said at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit in capital Ankara.

The T625 is a new generation, twin engine, 6 ton class helicopter developed in response to a growing market demand, according to the Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation (TAI).

Erdogan noted that indigenous battle tank -- developed with new technologies -- would be available to Turkish Armed Forces.

"Indigenous Kasirga, Bora and Som missiles are now in the mass production phase and our works are continuing for new models," he added.

He added that Turkey would reach an upper hand by producing indigenous long-range missiles of which test-fires have been completed.