Anka, Hurkus Orders Boost Turkish Aerospace

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The Turkish air force is expected to use the Hurkus to supplement training conducted on the T-38 Talon. The Hurkus was developed to compete with other turboprop trainers in the market, including Beechcraft's T-6 Texan, Pilatus's PC-21 and Embraer's T-29 Super Tucano.

Turkey's trainer is being developed in three versions. The basic version, Hurkus-A, will be certified to EASA standards. The Hurkus-B will feature more advanced avionics, including a head-up display, multifunction displays and navigation systems, and mission computers to conduct more advanced training. It is likely to be the variant purchased by the Turkish air force. The Hurkus-C is a concept light-attack, counterinsurgency aircraft capable of delivering a mix of precision-guided and conventional weapons.

TAI is also looking at the development of a jet trainer, but as the Turkish air force fast-jet training program closely mirrors that of the U.S. Air Force, commanders are awaiting the outcome of the U.S. T-X next-generation training aircraft competition before making any decisions. The air arm has begun a search for a new primary training aircraft, however, to replace the Cessna T-41 Mescalero and Alenia Aermacchi (SIAI Marchetti) SF.260.

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