Ankara, Turkey – The new generation attack aircraft Hurkus-C, developed to provide close air support to the fight against terrorism, is expected to enter production soon.

The Hurkus-C, the armed version of the domestic training aircraft Hurkus, has been in the testing process for quite some time. After a successfully completed process, Hurkus – C, which underwent various integrations in accordance with the needs of the TSK, finally took the first step to enter the inventory.

According to the agreement signed between TUSAS and the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry, 12 + 12 Hurkus – C will enter the TSK inventory. 12 purchases have gained certainty. The remaining 12 pieces will be re-evaluated in accordance with the needs and will join the inventory. Hurkus – C, which is especially notable for its weapons integrations developed by Aselsan and Roketsan, has been given armed capabilities in line with TSK’s expectations.

L-UMTAS (2-battery), Javelin (quad module), TEBER laser guidance kit and Precision Guidance Kit, which will have cannon and rifles, such as machine integration, Hurkus – C, developed by Aselsan electronic warfare systems, avionics, and supported by friend and foe recognition technologies. Protected by armor at critical points, Hürkuş –C will play an active role, especially in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia, with low flight costs.

Hurkus – C, which has a payload capacity of 1500 kg, will not be able to carry air-to-land effective missiles with a weight of 600kg, such as SOM, and a warhead of 230kg. Already at the point of development, this type of goal is not motivated. Meanwhile, Hurkus-C, like other reconnaissance aircraft, is able to transmit flight images in real time to the center in Ankara.

A new generation of Basic Training Aircraft Development program, known as Hurkus deliveries to the Turkish Air Force began. Light offensive and armed reconnaissance missions, low cost and high precision developed for the Hurkus-C Series self-defense systems have been installed.

Development processes are underway on 3 different variants for the armed Hurkus -C aircraft. Accordingly, variants that can be cost-effective and fast delivery as a calendar are also worked with users.

The final version aircraft of the Hurkus-C Series will weigh about 5 tons and be able to carry 1.5 tons of useful cargo.

Hurkus-C, which can be observed day and night with an infrared multi-band camera with a distance meter with laser marking capability, will be able to perform missions with domestic missiles and bombs when necessary. Hurkus-C, 35 thousand feet altitude ceiling can stay in the air for up to 6 hours.

The TAI Hurkus is a tandem two-seat, low wing, single engine, turboprop aircraft being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) as a new basic trainer and ground attack aircraft for the Turkish Armed Forces. The aircraft is named after Vecihi Hurkus, a Turkish aviation pioneer and the first Turkish airplane manufacturer.

The TAI Hurkus Development Program started with an agreement signed between Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries and TAI in March 2006. Under the agreement the company will design, manufacture and complete the civil certification the aircraft to European Aviation Safety Agency CS 23 standards.

The Hurkus will be equipped for day and night flying as well as basic pilot training, instrument flying, navigation training, weapons and formation training. The aircraft will have good visibility from both cockpits with a 50 degree down-view angle from the rear cockpit, cabin pressurization (nominal 4.16 psid), Martin-Baker Mk T-16 N 0/0 ejection seats, an on-board oxygen generation system (OBOGS), an Environmental Control System (Vapor Cycle Cooling), an anti-G system, high shock absorbing landing gear for training missions, and Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS). Microtecnica of Turin, Italy has been selected to provide the aircraft’s environmental control system.The Hurkus has been designed for a 35-year service life.

The first flight was actually occurred on 29 August 2013 when the aircraft flew from the Ankara Akinci Air Base on a 33-minute flight. The Hurkus aircraft is expected to attract export sales, possibly from Middle Eastern countries, African countries or countries with limited airforce budgets.

Variants
Hurkus-A
Basic version which has been certified with EASA according to CS-23 requirements. It is intended for the civilian market

Hurkus-B
Advanced version with integrated avionics (including HUD, MFDs, and Mission Computer). Cockpit avionics layout is similar to F-16 and F-35 fighters. The Turkish Army is considering an order for 15 aircraft.

Hurkus-C
An armed version for the close-air support role will have a maximum weapons load of 3,300lb (1,500kg) and also carry a forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensor. As the Hurkus will capable of operating from unprepared runways, it could also attract export orders, TAI believes. The Turkish Army has expressed interest in the Hurkus-C to provide support for its attack helicopters.

Coast Guard version
TAI plans to offer another version of the Hurkus to support the Turkish Coast Guard’s maritime patrol operations. The aircraft’s back seat would be occupied by an operator for a FLIR sensor using an ASELSAN FLIR system.

Specifications (Hurkus)

General characteristics

Crew: one
Capacity: one passenger
Length: 11.17 m (36 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 9.96 m (32 ft 8 in)
Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68T turboprop aircraft engine, 1,200 kW (1,600 shp)
Propellers: 5-bladed Hartzell Propeller HC-B5MA-3

Performance

Maximum speed: 574 km/h (357 mph; 310 kn)
Cruising speed: 463 km/h (288 mph; 250 kn)
Stall speed: 143 km/h (89 mph; 77 kn)
Range: 1,478 km (918 mi; 798 nmi) at 15000 ft (4572 m)
Endurance: 4.25 hours at 15000 ft (4572 m)
Service ceiling: 10,577 m (34,701 ft)
g limits: +7/-3.5
Rate of climb: 22 m/s (4,300 ft/min)

Armament

Guns: 12.7mm and 20mm pods
Rockets: Roketsan Cirit, 2.75 inch rockets
Missiles: Roketsan UMTAS
Bombs: Mk-81, Mk-82, Tübitak SAGE HGK-3 (82), Tübitak SAGE KGK-82, BDU33 and MK106 training ordinance

Avionics

Air data computer
Attitude and heading reference system
Emergency locator transmitter
GPS
Mode S transponder
Radar altimeter