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IDEF: Turkish air force puts Hurkus trainer through paces

The Turkish air force is continuing operational test and evaluation (OT&E) work on its new Turkish Aerospace Hurkus B basic trainer.

OT&E activities are being conducted at Cigli air base in Izmir Province, using three of the aircraft. First flown in January 2018, the B-model trainer is an improvement over the baseline Hurkus A.

Following completion of the trials, Hurkus B deliveries are expected to begin in the summer, at a rate of two to three units per month.

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The Turkish air force is also expected to fund a light-attack Hurkus C variant (above), with Turkish Aerospace having recently submitted a best and final offer to Ankara’s defence industries undersecretariat. The proposal will be reviewed by the nation's defence industry executive committee for approval, with a contract likely to follow.

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