Hurkus-C - COIN Light Attack
The Hürkus-C (Free Bird) program was launched on 28 November 2016, and a prototype was rolled out in February 2017, carrying Roketsan UMTAS anti-tank guided missiles, and Roketsan Cirit laser-guided rockets. The authorities were working on the Project Identification Document for the “Armed HÜRKUS Aircraft Development and Mass Production Project” launched pursuant to the “Ministerial Approval no. 180 and dated 28 November 2016” and also the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries continues to prepare the request for proposal.
HÜRKUS-C, in addition to pilot training missions, is developed to provide a low cost and high accuracy solution to Light Attack/ Armed Reconnaissance missions. Precise and Affordable All-In-One Multiple Mission Solution HÜRKUS-C, Light attack and armed reconnaissance combat variant, provides a cost effective flexible solution against asymmetric threats of the contemporary world’s warfare theatres. Retaining the advanced capabilities of HÜRKUS, up-to 7 external hard points on HÜRKUS-C provides its operators an extensive payload capacity up-to 1500 kg, which can be utilized to perform demanding missions, during day&night conditions in high altitudes and harsh geographies.
TAI designed the Hurkus aircraft to support a wide range of missions in Turkey’s training programmes. More than just training up pilots, the low-cost, high precision Hurkus-C was developed to perform in light attack and armed reconnaissance missions. Hurkus-C has the benefit of also offering a low-cost, flexible solution against asymmetric threats which have become common on modern battlefields.
With this project, Turkey will have the first armed reconnaissance aircraft built by domestic and national means. During the first stage, production of 12 aircrafts is planned and, due to the need, the production of 12 additional aircraft is projected. The objective of our HÜRKUS-C aircraft, equipped with an armored structure, self-protection systems, night vision compatible digital/glass cockpit and advanced avionics systems, is to undertake light attack and armed reconnaissance missions as well as carrying out pilot training requirements at a low cost and with high precision.
The aircraft will also have digital secure communications, image & data connections and a thermal imaging/sighting system and, in addition to national munitions such as the CIRIT Laser Guided Missile and the long-range UMTAS Guided Missile, will also be able to carry general purpose bombs and 12.7-mm and 20-mm gun systems. In addition to the advanced capabilities of Hurkus, the Hurkus-C, thanks to its seven external load stations, gives a large payload capacity (carrying capacity of an aircraft) of up to 1,500 kilograms that can be utilised to perform challenging missions at high altitudes and demanding geographies, under day or night conditions.
When it comes to its external load capacity, Hurkus-C will be using general-purpose bombs and Turkish-made ammunition developed by Turkey’s state-backed defence giants like Roketsan, the Defense Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) under the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).
According to the agreement signed between TUSAS and the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry, 12 + 12 Hurkus – C will enter the TSK inventory. 12 purchases have gained certainty. The remaining 12 pieces will be re-evaluated in accordance with the needs and will join the inventory. Hurkus – C, which is especially notable for its weapons integrations developed by Aselsan and Roketsan, has been given armed capabilities in line with TSK’s expectations.
Reports suggest that more than ten Hurkus-C armed close air support and training aircraft will be exported. The General manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Temel Kotil, on Sunday told CNN Turk that Turkey will soon start exporting its indigenous Hurkus-C armed close air support and training aircraft. The buyer had not been revealed. Kotil added that 12 Hurkus-C will be sold in total. "We cannot disclose the country because the contract has not been signed yet, but it will take place,” he said.
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