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Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft conducted its first missile test

Turkey’s Hurkus undergoes debut missile test

Kerry Herschelman, Washington, DC – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

11 April 2017

The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft conducted its first firing test with a missile on 7 March, launching a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided long-range air-to-surface anti-tank missile.

The L-UMTAS missile, fired from a Hurkus at the Firing Test and Evaluation Group Command test range near the central Anatolian town of Konya-Karapinar, hit its target successfully, Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik stated on 8 April in a message posted on Twitter.

The L-UMTAS, which is capable of engaging targets at ranges out to 8 km, is also being developed with an anti-personnel warhead as an alternative to its tandem anti-tank warhead.

Currently mounted on T129 attack helicopters (jointly developed by TAI and Italy’s AgustaWestland), the 20th of which was delivered to the Turkish armed forces on 9 April, the L-UMTAS is also designed to be fired from fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles as well as land and sea platforms, according to a statement released by the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 7 April.

The Hurkus, which along with the L-UMTAS will also be armed with Roketsan UMTAS infrared-guided anti-tank missiles and Cirit laser-guided 70 mm rockets as well as bombs upgraded with Teber precision guidance kits, has five stores pylons and will be able to carry a payload of 1,500 kg, the SSM added.

As well as operating as basic trainers, armed Hurkus aircraft will be able to conduct light assault and armed reconnaissance missions in the counter-insurgency role. The type is planned to enter into service in 2018.

Original post janes.com


L-UMTAS anti-tank missile


Properties of the Product

  • UMTAS, with its Imaging Infrared Seeker and Laser Seeker options, is an anti-tank missile, having a range of 8 km and lock on before/after launch and “fire and forget/fire and update” properties, used against armored targets, from air to ground as well as ground to ground.

Basic Properties

  • Insensitive Munitions (Level V)
  • Tandem Warhead Effective Against Reactive Armors
  • Integration to Various Platforms (helicopter, UAV, Land Vehicle, Stationary Platform, Light Attack Aircraft, Naval Platform)
  • IIR or Laser Seeker Options
  • Lock on Before / After – Launch
  • Fire and Forget / Fire and Update Properties
  • RF Data Link
  • Smokeless Composite Solid Propellant

Product Description

UMTAS, which was developed by Roketsan primary for use from attack helicopters, is an antitank missile system. With its advanced technology it is highly effective against all armored threats in the field.

UMTAS, with its maximum range of 8 km and minimum range of 500 m is capable of operating all weather conditions and day/night.

UMTAS, which can be used in Fire and Forget and Fire and Update modes, with the flexibility provided by its target update capability, offers to fire behind the mask position, fire against targets hiding behind mask and adjust hit point and damage assesment capability. UMTAS, defined as the official antitank system of the National Attack Helicopter (T – 129) under development, can be integrated to various platforms (Helicopter, UAV, Land Vehicle, Stationary Platform, Light Assault Aircraft, Naval Platform)


Technical Specifications

Diameter 160 mm
Max. Rangel 8 km
Min. Range 0,5 km
Weight 37,5 kg
Propellant Type HTPB-Based Reduced Smoke Composite Propellant
Warhead Type Insensitive Tandem Warhead Effective Against Armor with Reactive Protection
Guidance Imager Infrared (IIR) or Laser
Target Types Heavy Armored / Armored Vehicles
Platforms Helicopters (AH – 1 W, T – 129 ATAK etc.), UAV’s,  Land Vehicles, Light Attack Aircraft, Naval Platforms and Stationary Platforms

Source roketsan.com.tr

TAI Hurkus: Details


Turkey to start mass production of Altay MBT in May

Turkey plans battle tank Altay’s mass production in May

Turkish defense minister says Altay passed all its tests successfully by end of February

 home > Turkeyeconomy 11.04.2017   Ankara

By Emre Ayvaz, Onur Orhan and Ugur Subasi 


Defense Minister Fikri Isik has said Turkey will start mass production of its main battle tank in May this year.

Speaking at an opening ceremony of a hospital in northwestern Sakarya province Tuesday, Isik said the Altay battle tank had passed all its tests successfully by the end of February.

“We will push the button on mass production in May. We will have a decision about Altay tank’s mass production in May if nothing goes wrong,” he said.

Referring to the Turkey-made helicopter Atak, the minister said: “We gave the 20th Atak helicopter to the Turkish Armed Forces in central Konya province.

“The weapons on the helicopter are also largely made in the country. We have watched it shooting”, adding the ability to manufacture your own helicopters is a source of pride for Turkey.

Isik said Turkey is also producing its own infantry rifle that had passed NATO’s 42 tests successfully. He added that Turkey makes its own drones, ships and satellites, and the country will maintain its path to progress.

Original post aa.com.tr


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RAF Typhoon to ramp up Project Centurion testing

RAF prepares to ramp up Project Centurion testing for Typhoon

Alan Warnes, RAF Coningsby – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

10 April 2017

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to shortly begin intensive trials and tests of the Project Centurion configuration that is earmarked for the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 combat aircraft from the end of 2018.

Speaking to Jane’s at RAF Coningsby, the commanding officer of 41 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES) outlined the concentrated workload that the unit is set to undertake from July on the Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) and P3E packages that underpin Project Centurion.

“The programme is going to be tight – no one will deny that. P2E is big, with an awful lot of functional changes in the aircraft – key architectural ones to support the next phase,” Wing Commander Steve ‘Ras’ Berry said.

The legacy weapons that comprise the Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), MBDA Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided munition, and the BK Mauser 27 mm gun will all be integrated by 1 November. This will be followed by the P2E weapons that comprise the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile, and the P3E Brimstone air-to-surface missile.

“But we might pull some Storm Shadow work into exercises later this year to reduce the risk in P3E,” Wg Cdr Berry said. “Testing of [P3E] is expected around May next year and [should be] completed by 28 December [2018] when it will be flying on front line.

“Thoughts of where the effects will be tested are now under way and we might start some of the early stages of Meteor [testing] in November, but we could wait for next spring to do that,” he added. “There are discussions too on how much Brimstone testing we will need to take overseas.

“If we need to replicate the capability of [the Panavia] Tornado [GR4] we need fast-moving targets.

Original post janes.com


Typhoon FGR4

The Typhoon FGR4 provides the RAF with a highly capable and extremely agile multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.


  • Engines: 2 Eurojet EJ200 turbojets
  • Thrust: 20,000lbs each
  • Max speed: 1.8Mach
  • Length: 15.96m
  • Max altitude: 55,000ft
  • Span: 11.09m
  • Aircrew: 1
  • Armament: Paveway IV, AMRAAM, ASRAAM, Mauser 27mm Cannon, Enhanced Paveway II

Initially deployed in the air-to-air role as the Typhoon F2, the aircraft now has a potent and precise multirole capability.

The pilot can carry out many functions by voice command or through a hands-on stick and throttle system. Combined with an advanced cockpit and the HEA (Helmet equipment assembly) the pilot is superbly equipped for all aspects of air operations.

Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain formally agreed to start development of the aircraft in 1988 with contracts for a first batch of 148 aircraft – of which 53 were for the RAF – signed ten years later. Deliveries to the RAF started in 2003 to 17(R) Sqn who were based at BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire (alongside the factory where the aircraft were assembled) while detailed development and testing of the aircraft was carried out. Formal activation of the first Typhoon Squadron at RAF Coningsby occurred on the 1st Jul 2005. The aircraft took over responsibility for UK QRA on 29 Jun 2007 and was formally declared as an advanced Air Defence platform on 1 Jan 2008.

Initial production aircraft of the F2 Tranche 1 standard were capable of air-to-air roles only and were the first Typhoons to hold UK QRA duties. In order to fulfill a potential requirement for Typhoon to deploy to Op HERRICK, urgent single-nation work was conducted on Tranche 1 to develop an air-to-ground capability in 2008. Tranche 1 aircraft were declared as multi-role in Jul 2008, gaining the designation FGR4 (T3 2-seat variant), fielding the Litening Laser Designator Pod and Paveway 2Enhanced Paveway 2 and 1000lb freefall class of weapons.

All F2/T1 aircraft have been upgraded to FGR4/T3.

Tranche 2 aircraft deliveries commenced under the 4-nation contract in 2008, in the air-to-air role only. These aircraft were deployed to the Falkland Islands to take-over duties from the Tornado F3 in Sep 09.

A total of 53 Tranche 1 aircraft were delivered, with Tranche 2 contract provisioning for 91 aircraft. 24 of these were diverted to fulfill the RSAF export campaign, leaving 67 Tranche 2 aircraft due for delivery to the RAF. The Tranche 3 contract has been signed and will deliver 40 aircraft. With the Tranche 1 aircraft fleet due to retire over the period 2015-18, this will leave 107 Typhoon aircraft in RAF service until 2030.

Weapons integration will include Meteor air-to-air missilePaveway IVStorm ShadowBrimstone and Small Diameter Bomb. Additionally, it is intended to upgrade the radar to an Active Electronically Scanned Array.

Eurofighter is easily recognisable from any angle. The engine intake is mounted on the bottom of the fuselage (1). Typhoon also has canards (foreplanes) mounted before the main wing (2) and delta (triangular) mainplane (3) is very deep at the point it joins the main fuselage. A tall, sharply swept tail (4) is at the rear of the upper fuselage, with the twin engine jet pipes directly below. The two-seat version has a large bubble cockpit for the additional pilot and a deeper upper fuselage giving a more humped appearance. Source raf.mod.uk

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