HÜRKUŞ Basic Trainer Aircraft in the Skies for 430 Hours

Hurkus basic training is flying hours in the sky
Hurkus basic training is flying hours in the sky

Developed by Turkish Aviation and Space Industry, the Hürkuş basic training aircraft flew 430 hours within the scope of "test flights".

Developed as part of the Basic and Basic Training Aircraft Program launched for the training aircraft requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces, HÜRKUŞ-B carried out 430 hours of flight and 559 sorties. The Hürkuş aircraft, which made its first flight on January 29, 2018, has not yet entered the inventory, falling behind the schedule planned and set forth by the authorities. It was announced that 3 Hürkuş-B model aircraft were delivered to the Turkish Air Force, and it was stated that a total of 15 aircraft would be delivered in 2019. The "acceptance activities" of the aircraft taken over by the Air Force Command continue.

The last statement about the project was TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. It was made by Temel Kotil and said, “Body material is aluminum. We are doing HÜRKUŞ again. We are doing a second HÜRKUŞ. It's going to be pretty composite. " It was said.

HÜRKUŞ Project

Within the scope of the HÜRKUŞ project, it is aimed to design, develop, prototype production and international certification of an original training aircraft that will meet the training aircraft needs of the Turkish Armed Forces and can have a share in the world market, using domestic facilities.

In SSIK held on September 26, 2013, it was decided to start contract negotiations with TUSAŞ's proposal for mass production of TUSAŞ and HÜRKUŞ aircraft in order to meet the needs of 15 new generation basic training aircraft. As a result of the studies and negotiations made after this decision, the HÜRKUŞ-B Agreement was signed on December 26, 2013, and the production and assembly processes are ongoing.

Tail Number Hurkus training aircraft

Hürkuş Design Features:

  • Superior aerodynamic performance, TAI design unique wing profile
  • 1,600 shp PT6A-68T Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine
  • Five bladed aluminum Hartzell HC-B5MA-3 propeller
  • Martin-Baker Mk T16N 0/0 ejection chair
  • Reverse flight capability
  • High visibility in the rear cockpit,
  • Ergonomic cockpit designed for pilots of different physical sizes
  • Cab Pressurizing System (nominal 4.16 psid)
  • On-Board Oxygen Generating System-OBOGS
  • Anti-g System
  • Cockpit Air Conditioning System (Vapor Cycle Cooling)
  • Canopy reinforced against bird strikes
  • High shock resistant landing gear specific to military training aircraft
  • "Hands On Throttle and Stick" (HOTAS)

Tail Number Hurkus training aircraft


  • Maximum Cruising Speed: 310 KCAS (574 km / h)
  • Stall Speed: 77 KCAS (143 km / h)
  • Max Climb Speed: 3300 ft / min (16.76 m / s)
  • Maximum Serv. Altitude: 35500 ft (10820 m)
  • Max Hav. Remain. Drive: 4 hrs 15 min
  • Maximum Range: 798 D.mile (1478 km)
  • Departure Distance: 1605 ft (489 m)
  • Landing Distance: 1945 ft (593 m)
  • g limits: +6 / -2,5g

Source: defenceturk

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