Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation (TAI) was established on June 28, 1973 under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Technology in order to reduce the foreign dependency in defense industry in Turkey.
With the decision of meeting the combat aircraft requirement of Turkish Air Force (TurAF) with F-16s, TAI Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) was established by Turkish and US partners in 1984 for a period of 25 years with the aim to realize the manufacture, systems integration and flight tests of F-16 that would be delivered to TurAF.
TAI was restructured in the year 2005, just before the 25 years of period came to an end, with the acquisition of foreign shares by Turkish shareholders. Along with this restructuring, Turkish Aircraft Industries and TAI have merged under the roof of Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and have broadened its activities. Today, known as Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) has become Turkey's center of technology in design, development, modernization, manufacturing, integration and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems, from fixed and rotary wing air platforms to UAVs and satellites.
TAI, which ranks among the top hundred global players in aerospace and defence arena, based its business on five strategic pillars as shown below;
• Aerostructures Group,
• Aircraft Group,
• Helicopter Group,
• UAS Group,
• Space Systems Group
In addition, integrated logistics service is also provided for all products designed and produced by TAI.
TAI Technopark Istanbul Office was established in Istanbul Technology Development Region in an area of 2341 m2 located near the Sabiha Gokcen Airport in October 2017. The main purpose of the foundation is to use universities located in Istanbul, labor potential and technological powers in the genuine projects of our company. More than one hundred design engineers who have graduated from Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Engineering departments are working in TAI Technopark Istanbul Office. These engineers provide technical specialty support with innovative solutions to engineering problems and work packages of central campus located in Ankara.