Turkey Begins Assembly Of Hürjet National Jet Trainer Prototype

The very first fuselage of the Hürjet training airplane. (Photo: SavunmaSanayiST.com)

The TAI Hürjet is arranged to fly for the very first time in 2023 and will change the aging T-38 and F-5 jets.

Over the last years, Turkey has actually put excellent attention on its nationwide aerospace market, beginning numerous enthusiastic programs for various kinds of airplane, consisting of unmanned ones. Among these programs is the Hürjet, an innovative jet training and light attack airplane introduced in 2017 and established with the Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) own resources and the very first entirely established in Turkey. Now, the Hürjet model went into the assembly stage, with videos revealing the front area of the fuselage in the works at TAI’s centers.

The business is preparing the rollout of this very first model by the end of the year, followed by the very first flight on Mar. 18, 2023, accompanying events for the 108 th anniversary of the Çanakkale Naval Victory (WWI Gallipoli project). Present strategies include the building of 2 flying models, in addition to other 2 for ground fixed and tiredness screening. According to the images shared online, a minimum of 2 fuselages are presently in the works.

As the mockup and advertising product program, Hürjet is a single engine, single tail, tandem-seat airplane. The structure of the 2 engine air inlets, on the sides of the fuselage, goes all the method to the tail, acting likewise as primary landing equipment real estate and horizontal tail airplanes support. 6 weapon stations show up, consisting of the 2 wingtip rails, to permit the usage as light fighter airplane. The mockup was revealed with various kinds of clever bombs, air-to-air and air-to-ground rockets and external fuel tanks.

The style is tentative nevertheless, as there are 2 variations to accommodate 2 various engines, the General Electric F404- GE-102 and the Eurojet EJ200 The EJ200- powered alternative needed modified air inlets with a bigger area and needed more wind tunnel screening. At the time of the Critical Design Review in 2015, the last engine was still unidentified and both alternatives were examined. According to some sources, the engine that will power the model need to be the F404

A possible verification of the F404 engine originates from the airplane requirements, which reveal a thrust of 17,600 pound. The airplane has about the exact same size of other similar fitness instructors, with a length of 13.6 meters and a wingspan of 9.5 meters. TAI reports a service ceiling of 45,000 feet, max speed of Mach 1.4, variety of 1200 nm, and load elements in between +8 G and -3 G, with continual turns of 5.5 G at 15,000 feet and less than Mach 0.9. Other unofficial information are a stall speed of 102 KCAS and departure range of about 1000 ft.

Among the jet’s functions, the business points out carefree managing with high AoA (angle of attack) controllability, a complete authority, Digital Fly-by-Wire Flight Control System, aerial refueling ability, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for self-governing operations, complete glass cockpit with Head-up Display (HUD), Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), State-of-the-art HMI (Human-Machine Interface), NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) compatibility, datalinks and Embedded Tactical Training & Live Virtual Constructive Training systems.

Hürjet A creative representation of the Hürjet.( Photo: TAI)

The jet is being established for several functions, Including Advanced Jet Trainer, Lead-In Fighter Trainer, Adversary Aircraft( Aggressor), Aerobatic Demonstration Aircraft, Light Attack and Air Policing. Surprisingly, Turkey’s Head of Defence Industry Presidency, Prof. Ismail Demir, mentioned that there are strategies in the works to adjust the Hürjet as an airplane carrier-compatible airplane to be released on the Turkish Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock( LHD) Anadolu.

Even if the primary focus of the program is to change the aging 68 T-38Ms Advanced Jet Trainers and12NF-5s of the Turkish Stars Aerobatic Team, Turkey is wanting to utilize the Hürkus likewise to decrease the problem off the F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet for the Close Air Support objectives. TAI is looking at the export market for both the fitness instructor and light fighter airplane functions as a possible option to other airplane like the Leonardo M-346 or the KAI/Lockheed Martin T-50 A deal for18 airplane in a light fighter function has actually currently been sent to Malaysia.

The strategies seem quite enthusiastic however we require to await the “end product” to be readily available to evaluate its complete capacity. While having considerable experience in numerous fields, consisting of the style, advancement and production of a broad selection of quite effective drones as well as in the certified production of different types, consisting of the F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and the CASA/IPTN CN- 235 light transport/maritime patrol/surveillance airplane, a totally native sophisticated jet fitness instructor style( or a modern-day generation fighter) might represent an entirely various endeavour.

Anyway, TAI is going through a quick growth, with brand-new centers inaugurated couple of days ago to support a wide variety of requirements, like the Composite Production Building, Space Systems Engineering Center, Factory-Level Component Maintenance and Control Center, and an Engineering Center committed to the National Combat Aircraft, the TF-X.

The TF-X, a native 5th gen style, is being created to change the F-16 in the2030 s. The very first mockup, extremely similar to the F-22 Raptor and F -35 Lightning II of the airplane was revealed in 2019, while the roll-out is set up for2023 and the very first flight by2025 Very little is understood, besides an anticipated leading speed of Mach 1.8, service ceiling of55,000 feet and58,000 pound of thrust offered by 2 F110 engines. According to reports, the airplane may even include a mix of Turkish, Russian and United States tech.

Another native program that is currently in an innovative status is the Hürkuş, a turboprop fitness instructor established from the KAI KT-1 developed to change the T-37 Tweet. The airplane flew for the very first time in 2013, getting in service a year later on to end up being the Turkish Air Force’s main fundamental training airplane. Hürkuş is delighting in some export success too, with an order from Niger and strong interest by Azerbaijan.

TAI has actually greatly invested likewise in the helicopter sector, establishing the T625 Gökbey energy helicopter. The very first model flew in 2018 and just recently a 4th model has actually been revealed. The helicopter is planned to be utilized for a vast array of objectives and circumstances, for both civilian and military markets, with a MTOW of 6 tonnes and area for approximately 12 guests. Serial production and shipments are arranged to begin this year, with the very first helicopters going to the Gendarmerie.

Last however not least is among the most recognized Turkish programs, the T129 ATAK. The attack helicopter, established from the Italian-made Leonardo AW129 Mangusta with Turkish avionics, weapons and airframe adjustments, was a reaction to the requirement for a brand-new tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopter for the Turkish militaries. The helicopter, which is now totally various from the Mangusta, is now in prevalent service in the Turkish Army and Gendarmerie, with orders likewise from Philippines and Pakistan.

H/T to @captzulu737 for the heads-up!


Stefano D’Urso is a factor for TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. He’s a full-time engineering trainee and aiming pilot. In his extra time he’s likewise an amateur air travel professional photographer and flight simulation lover.

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