Turkish light attack aircraft TAI Hürjet left the hangar for the first time - the aircraft will be used for training of F-35 and TAI-TF-X pilots
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) continues to work on the Hürjet light attack aircraft. It will be used for pilot training.
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The training aircraft recently left the hangar for the first time. It was taken through the Turkish company's factory, where it still has to undergo a series of tests. The first flight is scheduled for March 2023.
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TAI Hürjet is designed for two pilots. The aircraft is equipped with the F404-GE-102 turbofan engine, which has a thrust of 79 kN. The attack aircraft will have a maximum speed of Mach 1.4 (1715 km/h), a range of over 2200 km and a practical ceiling of 13.7 km.
The attack aircraft will replace the old Northrop T-38 Talon and Northrop F-5. It will be used for training pilots F-35 Lightning II and TAI TF-X. Of course, a combat version will also be envisioned.
As you understood, Turkey is still counting on getting American F-35 Lightning II fifth generation fighters specifically for the TCG Anadolu aircraft carrier. Although Ankara was excluded from the aircraft development program after the purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.
TF-X is a Turkish project. The fifth-generation fighter is being developed by TAI itself. The company plans to build the first aircraft by 2028 and start producing two units a month starting in 2029.