Turkey’s first do­mes­tic ba­sic trainer air­craft starts fly­ing

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Hürkus, the first do­mes­tic ba­sic trainer and ground at­tack air­craft de­vel­oped for the Turk­ish Armed Forces (TSK), has made its first flight, in Ankara’s Kazan dis­trict. A va­ri­ety of tests have been per­formed on the Hürkus, in­clud­ing those cov­er­ing the engine, take-off, night flight and the fuel sys­tem, and the Hürkus was deemed ready to op­er­ate.

Man­u­fac­tured by TUSAS, the Hürkus can fly up to a speed of 574 kilo­me­tres an hour. It has a max­i­mum stall speed of 143 kilo­me­tres an hour in land­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion. The max­i­mum ser­vice ceil­ing of the jet is 10,577 kilo­me­tres. The Hürkus jet can fly at 15,000 feet for a stretch of four hours 15 min­utes and has a 1,600-horse­power engine. The air­craft also has a sys­tem for pro­duc­ing oxy­gen for pi­lots while fly­ing.

The jet takes its name from Ve­cihi Hürkus, one of the first civil avi­a­tors of the Turk­ish repub­li­can era.

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