Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI’s) Hurkus basic trainer aircraft has been granted air worthiness type certification, the company announced at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.
Specifically the Hurkus-A trainer aircraft was awarded a CS-23 Validation Type Certificate by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and an Aircraft Type Certificate by the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Both bodies refer to the Hurkus as the TT32.
Hurkus-A is a basic trainer aircraft that made its maiden flight in 2013. A more advanced Hurkus-B version that features a glass cockpit, being developed by Aselsan, is on order for the Turkish Air Force (an initial order of 15 plus options for 40 more).
According to TAI achieving type certification included over 500 flight hours and 4,000 hours of full scale fatigue testing.
Speaking to IHS Jane’s on 13 July at Farnborough, TAI CEO Muharrem Dortkasli said that TAI has “started production [of Hurkus-B] and deliveries will be mid-2017.” The company is also working on an armed Hurkus-C variant that is fitted with a more powerful 1,600 hp Pratt and Witney engine, and can carry 1.5 tonnes of payload across seven hardpoints. Dortkasli added that that the company would be making the first flight of Hurkus-C and the firing of at least one weapon type from the platform by May 2017, in time for the IDEF defence exhibition in Istanbul.
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