Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) Hurjet training aircraft made history on April 25 when it completed its maiden flight, marking a significant development for the country’s aerospace industry. The Turkish Air Force is anticipated to replace its American Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft in its fleet with the Hurjet. Hurjet was initially shown at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2018, after TAI began work on it in late 2017.
The Hurjet reached a maximum speed of 250 knots and an altitude of 14,000 feet during its 26-minute flight, according to the Turkish news website. A supersonic aircraft, it can travel at a top speed of more than 1.3 mach. It is a twin-seat trainer aircraft with a single engine that is powered by American General Electric F404 engines. The Hurjet is equipped to perform close-air support operations in addition to training.
The aircraft has a contemporary glass cockpit with cutting-edge avionics and mission systems, such as a mission computer, multi-function displays, and a head-up display. Additionally, it boasts a digital flight control system that decreases pilot workload while offering greater handling and performance.
The Hurjet can fly up to 2,600 km and reach heights of 45,000 feet. It is a flexible and capable platform for a variety of tasks because to its modern weaponry, which includes air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and guided bombs.
The Hurjet’s indigenous engine, the TR-40, is one of its distinctive features. TAI created this engine, which is specifically built to give excellent performance and dependability in challenging environments. It is also designed to be easily maintainable and to have a long service life.