unveiled the light attack/ISR version of its Hurkus turboprop trainer last week. The prototype was shown armed with Roketsan’s UMTAS precision-guided missile and four-round launchers for the Roketsan Cirit laser-guided rocket.
An electrooptic sensor turret is mounted under the aircraft’s belly, likely to be based on Aselsan’s CATS system. Hurkus-C has a total of seven external hardpoints for the carriage of stores, including external tanks. Stores payload is 1,500kg. The aircraft is also capable of carrying self-protection systems.
An armed derivative of the trainer has always been part of the Hurkus roadmap, and is intended to provide a close air support capability with affordable acquisition and operating costs. Alongside the base line Hurkus-A trainer, TAI has also schemed a more advanced Hurkus-B trainer with fully integrated mission systems, similar to those encountered in front-line fighter aircraft.
TAI flew the first prototype of the Hurkus-A trainer on 29 August 2013, and in this form the aircraft received EASA certification in July last year.
Recently the design has been revised with winglets for greater aerodynamic efficiency. Initially the aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68T turboprop, but there is an aim to eventually power the type with an indigenous turbine engine, development of which was sanctioned earlier this month.
To be developed by TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI), the new 1,400shp class engine is also intended for the TAI T-625 utility helicopter programme.