Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has finalized Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase of Hürjet Advanced Jet Trainer and Light Attack Aircraft project.
TAI initiated the “Jet Training and Light Aircraft (Hürjet) Project” on August 14, 2017 with the aim of developing jet trainer and light attack aircraft to replace the existing Northrop T-38M Talon trainer aircraft of the Turkish Air Force and also to cater the needs of the international market.
Hürjet will be equipped state-of-the-art flight, mission and training systems and will serve together with Turkey’s F-35 fifth-generation jet fighters to train future fighter pilots.
The light attack version of the HÜRJET will have a payload capacity of 3000 kg and will be armed with guns, missiles and bombs. It will be capable of conducting light attack, Close Air Support (CAS), border securing and anti-terrorism missions.
With a wingspan of 11 meters, the jet will be 13.4 meters long and will be able to carry up to 3,000 kilograms (6,614 pounds) of payload. The jets maximum altitude will be 13,700 meters (45,000 feet) with a maximum speed of Mach 1.2.
The critical design review for the project is expected to be completed by 2020. The company plans to unveil the first prototype in December 2021 and to conduct the first flight in 2022.