TAI Hurjet left the hangar: Turkey showed its combat aircraft

ANKARA ($1=18.67 Turkish Liras) — Moments of history, as written by the Turkish media. Turkey’s first self-produced light combat aircraft and trainer aircraft left the hangar and showed itself to the world. The developer of Hurjet is the Turkish company TAI and will be associated in the future – TAI Hurjet.

Turkey’s Ministry of Defense has announced that the first flight tests will begin in 2023. According to Turkish sources, there is even a specific date for the first flight – March 18, 2023. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that regarding the announcement of dates for future activities, Turkey is highly disciplined and has so far followed them without fail.

The aircraft that came out of the hangar with the help of a tug had no integrated engines. However, they are expected to be deployed and conduct ground tests very soon. The aircraft’s electronic systems are expected to be tested soon before the first flight of the TAI Huerjet.

TAI Hurjet is for sale

TAI Hurget is now for sale. Logically, the first customer was the Turkish Ministry of Defense, which placed its first order. But BulgarianMilitary.com is closely monitoring the development of the project. Back in February, we showed the production of Hurget in the closed hall. In July, we were one of the first non-Turkish media to report that Turkey was trying to sell the TAI Hurjet to Malaysia, with even Ankara offering industrial cooperation and production of the Turkish light combat aircraft in the Asian country.

Turkey continues to surprise the world with its extremely strong intellectual and industrial weaponized manufacturing progress in recent years. The TAI Huerjet is just such a product – born from cost-effective knowledge and experience in manufacturing and designing training aircraft/systems.

The TAI Hurjet is not only a light combat aircraft but also a training aircraft. It will replace the aging T-38 and F-5 in the Turkish Air Force Command’s inventory. It is expected that if the tests in 2023 are successful, in 2025 the aircraft will be certified and enter serial production.

About TAI Hurjet

Turkish requirements for the functionality of the aircraft are high. The TAI Hurjet should be put into operational combat readiness in a very short time, should carry out light attacks, and become an indispensable part of the training process of Turkish pilots. The TAI Heurjet is said to be compatible with use on an aircraft carrier.

Turkey offers Malaysia to produce TAI Hürjet light combat aircraft
Photo creit: Anadolu Agency

Our known characteristics of the TAI Hurjet are as follows: wingspan 9.5 m, length 13.6 m, height 5.1 m, wing area 35 square meters, thrust 17,600 lb. According to the specifications, the aircraft will fly at a maximum speed of Mach 1.4 at a service altitude of 45,000 feet. The aircraft is expected to have a G limit of +8 G/-3 G, a range of 2,222 km, and a payload of 2,721 kg.

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