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New face Hurkus: Turkey creates a combat training aircraft

According to the blog bmpd, Turkish media, referring to the Ministry of Defense, posted photos of a prototype turboprop training and combat aircraft Hurkus-C, created on the basis of the training aircraft Hurkus-A (the first flight of the last took 29 August 2013 of the year). Flight tests of Hurkus-C itself are expected to begin soon, purchases for the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces - from 2018.

New face Hurkus: Turkey creates a combat training aircraft

The two-seat Hurkus-C aircraft retained the base Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68T engine with a takeoff power of 1600 hp. with a five-bladed propeller Hartzell HC-B5MA-3. At the same time, it is capable of carrying up to 1500 kg of weapons, placed on six external suspensions. The ventral round-the-clock optoelectronic station Aselsan ASEFLIR-300 allows the use of a controlled weapon with a semi-active laser guidance system. The aircraft will be equipped with a modified avionics complex, including data transmission equipment. It is planned to install an onboard defense complex, the cockpit will be covered with booking elements.

The Hurkus-S armament will include conventional bombs, unguided missiles, hanging containers with 12.7 mm machine guns and 20 mm cannons (standard set), controlled aviation GBU-12 bombs and the new Turkish guided bombs Tubitak SAGE KGK 82 and HGK 3, 70-mm Roketsan Cirit missiles and anti-tank guided missiles Roketsan UMTAS.

The Hurkus-A training aircraft became the first Turkish-made aircraft in more than 50 years. In July, 2016, the machine received Turkish and at the same time European type certificates as a general-purpose aircraft and flight. At its base, not only the combat training Hurkus-C is developed, but also the aircraft of the main preparation stage of Hurkus-B (deliveries are expected from 2018), the light fighting variant Hurkus-C (similar delivery start dates), the assault variant Hurkus-D. It is also planned to create patrol and unmanned variants based on the Hurkus-A glider.

The Hurkus aircraft was named in honor of the Turkish pilot and first Turkish aircraft designer Vecihi Hürkuş, 1895 - 1969. In the Turkish tradition, Hurkush is considered the first Turkish pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft - a Russian airplane on the Caucasian front in the autumn of 1917. Russian sources do not confirm this. At the same time, Hurkush himself flew in a two-seater Albatros C.III from the 7 Turkish Aviation Company 25 September (8 October) 1917 to the bombing of the Russian Erdzizhan aerodrome in the air battle by the commander of the Russian 2 Russian corps air squadron Staff Captain M.L. Machavariani, and together with his Letnab got into Russian captivity.


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  1. tchoni
    tchoni 17 February 2017 11: 19
    This Turkish development suspiciously resembles a toucan. But, on the whole, it illustrates the increased demand for a cheap battlefield aircraft, designed to replace expensive army helicopters and fighter-bombers
    1. LEK
      LEK 17 February 2017 11: 32
      There is nothing to do with toucan. Aircraft of this class are just very similar to each other.
      And so I completely agree. It is hardly possible to use the F35 in the future as an attack aircraft, a very expensive aircraft for this. Therefore, they create such.
      1. bouncyhunter
        bouncyhunter 17 February 2017 11: 36
        For what they themselves have developed - respect and praise to the Turks.
      2. tchoni
        tchoni 17 February 2017 18: 53
        And in my opinion with a toucan - one face.
        If you follow your logic, then Air Tractor, Dragonfly and, say, the American Bronco, should look like twin brothers ....
    2. donavi49
      donavi49 17 February 2017 11: 58
      The plane is simply made for the same tasks and concept.

      Ah, she’s simple:
      - A two-seater aircraft with an excellent multi-mode optical station.
      - the presence of an operator of weapons.
      - the ability to work with adult weapons, for example, the Turk declared MK-82 / GBU12, that is, when compared with the capabilities of UAVs, this is only Ripper and higher (that is, the most top UAVs).
      - the ability to use cheap strike weapons, unguided missiles, bombs.
      - long time of barrage.
      - low cost of flight hours.

      As a result, there is a very popular aircraft for those who know how to count money and those who do not sell the same ripper, but need to drive rebels / broads.
      1. Radish
        Radish 17 February 2017 14: 06
        Quote: donavi49
        - and you need to drive the rebels / broads ..

        Interestingly, what is his working height and speed? It is unlikely that he is invulnerable not only for the man-portable air defense system, but also for small-arms large-caliber weapons, so this is a dubious toy.
        1. tchoni
          tchoni 17 February 2017 18: 54
          The same as in army helicopters. At the same time, it is thought that the latter’s altitude and speed are worse, but the combat load is comparable.
          1. Yuri from Volgograd
            Yuri from Volgograd 17 February 2017 21: 39
            Yes screw eroplan anyway demanded.
            For a number of tasks, it makes no sense to drive modern jet aircraft, this is enough for the eyes.
            Surprisingly, he has a bomb load like the flying fortress V-17.
            Progress does not stand still.
  2. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 17 February 2017 13: 50
    Will complement Agusta T-129 during reconnaissance and strike operations
  3. Bronevick
    Bronevick 17 February 2017 15: 46
    IL-2 Sturmovik
  4. Parsec
    Parsec 17 February 2017 23: 31
    Hurkus-C, of ​​course, is not Tucano and not Super Tucano.
    This is South Korean KT-1T, T is for Turkey. Delivered 40 pieces, from there and legs, wings and tails.
    Engine Turks want the PWCanada PT6A -68, like the Swiss Pilatus.
    They developed how.