TURKISH AEROSPACE Industries (TAI) carried out the maiden flight pf the second Hürkuş basic training aircraft on September 10 from TAI’s flight test centre in Kazan, Ankara. The aircraft got airborne at 0747hrs, climbed to an altitude of 8,500ft (2,590m) and achieved a top speed of 140kts (260km/h) before landing at 0803hrs back at Ankara.
The first Hürkuş prototype had by that time completed 85 flights since its maiden flight on August 29, 2013. The type is planned to be a future primary and basic trainer for the Turkish Armed Forces, as well as for export. The prototype is designated the Hürkuş A and is a basic version that will be certified for sale on the civilian market. The military production variant will be the Hürkuş B, which will be more advanced with integrated avionics and a mission computer, plus a fighter-style cockpit suitable for training future F-16 and F-35 pilots. An armed Hürkuş B version is also planned for weapons training and light attack missions. Alan Warnes