The first prototype of Turkey’s TAI Hürjet jet trainer / light combat attack aircraft has made its way to video for the first time. The vehicle was driven through the territory of the plant for further tests.

TAI Hürjet is a project of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to develop its own training aircraft, which will be used to train pilots for fifth-generation fighters. Whether for the F-35, which Turkey hopes to get for its first aircraft carrier TCG Anadolu, or for TAI TF-X / MMU, its own fifth-generation national fighter, which is created by the Turkish Aerospace Industries.

The TAI Hürjet is supposed to replace the outdated Northrop T-38 Talon, which the Turkish Air Force currently uses as training aircraft, and the outdated Northrop F-5 as aircraft for aerobatic groups. And of course, like all aircraft of this class, the TAI Hürjet will have a combat version – a light combat aircraft.

It is expected that the prototype, which was recently rolled out of the hangar, will make its first flight in March 2023.

Turkish TAI Hürjet jet trainer / light combat aircraft prototype

General specificatons of TAI Hürjet
Crew – 2
Length – 13.6 m
Wingspan – 9.5 m
Height – 5.1 m
Wing area – 35 m2
Powerplant – 1 × F404-GE-102 afterburning turbofan, 79 kN (17,700 lbf) thrust.
Maximum speed – Mach 1.4
Range – 2,222 km
Service ceiling – 13,716 m
Rate of climb – 200 m/s
Payload – 2721 kg
g limits – +8/-3 g