ANKARA, ($1=13.83 Turkish Liras) – Turkey is demonstrating the process of making a prototype of the national supersonic training and light combat aircraft Hürjet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing information from the Turkish Ministry of Defense and news portal Mil.in.ua.
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The first flight of the new Turkish training and light attack aircraft Hürjet is scheduled for March 18, 2023, and its production continues at Turkish Aerospace Industries [TAI], writes SavunmaSanayiST. The aircraft project is participating in an international tender in Malaysia for a possible order for 18 winged vehicles.
“We participated in this auction and submitted our proposal. We are currently in the process of evaluation. We expect the decision to be made in the first quarter of this year, by March 2022,” said TAI Deputy Executive Director Attila Dogan.
In combat service, Hürjet national training aircraft must replace the T-38 and F-5. The Turkish Air Force also plans to receive the Hürjet in the light attack version, this version will receive the Hürjet-C logo.
“Our main goal at the beginning of the Hürjet project was to meet the needs of our own Air Force. But we have not only launched the project for this, there is serious potential for sales abroad. We are already doing a market analysis at the beginning of the project. A feasibility study is being carried out on how many of these aircraft and in which configurations we can sell as TAI. In this way, Hürjet has significant potential for acquisitions abroad,” said the Deputy General Manager.
The prototype of the Turkish training aircraft Hürjet began in April 2021. The decision to create a Turkish national combat training aircraft under the auspices of TAI under the symbol Hurjet [on behalf of the developed turboprop training aircraft TAI Hurkus+Jet] was taken by the Turkish government in November 2017
In 2018, the defense company TAI presented a model airplane at the Farnborough Air Show.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported on January 7, TAI reinforced its ambitions with the opening of several new facilities which, among other things, will lay the basics for the development of a national stealth fighter jet.
In addition, 16 new facilities were opened in the so-called Organized Industrial Zone [OIZ] of Ankara Aerospace, which carries out its activities on an area of 730 hectares right next to TAI. The aim here is to support the domestic aerospace and aerospace industries, bring local and foreign companies together to create synergies, manufacture products with high added value, and increase exports.
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