Turkey indigenous trainer Hurkus has passed an important flight test

Apr 06, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

An indigenous trainer built by Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has passed an important flight test that could result in certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Two Hurkus prototypes were tested by EASA’s flight test pilot and flight test engineer on March 22-25, successfully completing six sorties of certification adaptation flights. TAI hope to start deliveries of the basic trainer in 2018.


Sure looks like the Korean KT-1 Woongbi trainer!

See details of KT-1 Woongbi: HERE3l-image

Also check out the PZL-130 Orlik: HERESONY DSC

Hurkus trainer


“The Hurkus is the first wholly indigenous manned aircraft to emerge from the country for close to 80 years, but its future looked bleak before the program got underway, when Ankara, eager to replace the air force’s aging T-37 Tweety Bird trainer, selected Korean Aerospace Industry’s (KAI) KT-1 Woongbi trainer in 2007 and chose TAI to assemble it in-country. “

“The Turkish air force is expected to use the Hurkus to supplement training conducted on the T-38 Talon. The Hurkus was developed to compete with other turboprop trainers in the market, including Beechcraft’s T-6 Texan, Pilatus‘s PC-21 and Embraer‘s T-29 Super Tucano.

Turkey’s trainer is being developed in three versions. The basic version, Hurkus-A, will be certified to EASA standards. The Hurkus-B will feature more advanced avionics, including a head-up display, multifunction displays and navigation systems, and mission computers to conduct more advanced training. It is likely to be the variant purchased by the Turkish air force. The Hurkus-C is a concept light-attack, counterinsurgency aircraft capable of delivering a mix of precision-guided and conventional weapons.” Anka, Hurkus Orders Boost Turkish Aerospace – posted Nov 4, 2013 @aviationweek.com


Specifications (Hürkuş)

Data from TAI and Airforce Technology

General characteristics



  • 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)


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