Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) has marked an important milestone in the development of Turkey’s first jet-powered trainer aircraft, the Hürjet, after the forward fuselage of the first prototype was recently moved to the company’s final assembly line.
TUSAŞ announced the completion of this significant production milestone on June 11, marking the start of the final assembly process. The first Hürjet prototype is set to be rolled out later this year, before it starts an extensive ground test campaign ahead of its planned first flight on March 18, 2023. The Hürjet Jet Trainer programme was launched by TUSAŞ in August 2017 and received backing from the Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force, TuAF) on July 22, 2018.
According to TUSAŞ, the Hürjet will be made up of approximately 8,000 parts in total, 350 of which were brought together within the forward fuselage – where all of the aircraft’s electronics will be managed. Made of aluminium and composite parts, the forward fuselage will house the Hürjet’s mission computer, avionics suite and flight control systems.
Commenting on this recent production milestone, Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of TUSAŞ, said: “I am excited to carry the first component of our country’s first jet-powered trainer aircraft, Hürjet, to the final assembly line. We will bring our Hürjet project, which is equipped with new-generation technologies that will contribute to our country’s jet pilot training – to the sky on March 18, 2023…
“I would like to thank all my colleagues who have not spared their efforts to realise this historical moment, which is an important turning point in the field of aviation,” he added.
The Hürjet will be powered by a single engine and will feature a tandem-seat cockpit. TUSAŞ states that the new-generation jet trainer will boast a maximum speed of Mach 1.4 (1,728km/h); will be able to operate at altitudes of up to 45,000ft (13,716m) and has limits of +8G to -3G. When operational, the type will be expected to perform a number of different roles, including combat readiness transition training; armed/unarmed air patrol and pilot training operations, along with being an aerobatic demonstration aircraft.
“With its advanced human-machine interface, digitally controlled flight system, internal tactical training and virtual training systems, [the] Hürjet will offer a new generation aircraft flight experience,” TUSAŞ added.