Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has displayed a mock-up of its HÜRJET jet trainer and light attack aircraft at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow for the first time.
The jet mock-up was painted in digital camouflage and was carrying domestically produced munitions.
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 project is expected to be completed by 2022 with test flight in the following year.
TAI also showcased several other projects at the week-long airshow at Farnborough Airport southwest of London in Hampshire, England.
Mock-ups of TAI Anka unmanned aerial vehicle and the TAI T625 twin engine multirole helicopter were displayed at the show. TAI also promoted its T129 ATAK combat helicopter with an impressive demonstration during the event. Pakistan recently signed a deal to purchase 30 T129 ATAK helicopters, the largest single military export deal ever for Turkey.