HÜRKUŞ-B, which is planned to take its part in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces in the middle of this year, has successfully performed the first test flight at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) facility earlier this year.
Following the completion of successful test flight of HÜRKUŞ-B, which is being produced in more comprehensive and stable way, such important tests as engine, avionics, stability and flight test execution excellence will be carried out. After 90 flight hours of planned sorties it will take its part in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces.
The President and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Temel Kotil PhD has emphasized that right after HÜRKUŞ-A, which was built for civilian use, HÜRKUŞ-B has been designed specifically for the Turkish Armed Forces.
“HÜRKUŞ-B is 100kg lighter, faster, more modern and stronger than HÜRKUŞ-A. This version has a more stable and comprehensive design”. Right after this successful test the aircraft’s test phases will be continued. Such important tests for HÜRKUŞ-B as engine, avionics, stability and flight test execution excellence will be carried out,” Kotil said
While emphasizing HÜRKÜŞ-B as the best in its class, it has been clarified that particularly cockpit and all systems such as ejection seat, oxygen support, and landing gears weight resistance have been designed as a jet cockpit.
Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation (TAI) was established on June 28, 1973 under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Technology in order to reduce the foreign dependency in defense industry in Turkey.
With the decision of meeting the combat aircraft requirement of Turkish Air Force (TurAF) with F-16s, TAI Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) was established by Turkish and US partners in 1984 for a period of 25 years with the aim to realize the manufacture, systems integration and flight tests of F-16 that would be delivered to TurAF.
TAI was restructured in 2005, just before the 25 years of period came to an end, with the acquisition of foreign shares by Turkish shareholders. Along with this restructuring, Turkish Aircraft Industries and TAI have merged under the roof of Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and have broadened its activities.
Today, known as Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) has become Turkey's center of technology in design, development, modernization, manufacturing, integration and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems, from fixed and rotary wing air platforms to UAVs and satellites.
TAI, which ranks among the top hundred global players in aerospace and defense arena, based its business on the following five strategic pillars:
In addition, integrated logistics service is also provided for all products designed and produced by TAI.