Turkey is set to start exporting its locally developed close air support and training armed aircraft Hurkus-C, to a foreign customer that has not been disclosed yet. This was revealed by the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Temel Kotil.
The head of Turkish Aerospace Industries, the manufacturing company of the Hurkus-C aircraft, said in an interview with CNN Turk that Turkey will soon begin exporting its domestically developed aircraft to a country that remains undisclosed so far.
"We cannot disclose the country because the contract has not been signed yet, but it will take place,” Kotil said.
Hurkus-C is a light attack and armed reconnaissance aircraft. In addition to pilot training missions, it is developed to provide a low-cost and high accuracy solution to light attack and armed reconnaissance missions.
External load capacities of the aircraft include general-purpose bombs and homegrown ammunition. The armament options include UMTAS / LUMTAS anti-tank missile system, Roketsan Cirit 2.75in laser-guided air-to-surface rocket system, GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, MK 81 and MK 82 unguided general purpose bombs, BDU-33 and MK-106 practice bombs, and HGK-3 INS / GPS and KGK-82 wing-assisted guidance kits for general purpose bombs. The aircraft can also be armed with a 12.7mm machine gun and a 20mm machine gun pod.
Retaining the advanced capabilities of Hurkus, up to 7 external hardpoints on Hurkus-C provide its operators with an extensive payload capacity of up to 1500 kg, which can be utilised to perform demanding missions, during day&night conditions in high altitudes and harsh geographies.
Hurkus-C is a next-generation armed variant of the Hurkus basic trainer aircraft, designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries. The first prototype of the Hurkus-C was unveiled in February 2017.