The Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) achieved a major milestone on 25th April 2023, as its latest aircraft, the TAI Hürjet, completed its first successful flight. This development is a significant boost for Turkey’s indigenous aviation industry and the country’s ambitions of becoming a major player in the aerospace industry.

The TAI Hürjet is a single-engine, tandem seat, supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft that is currently under development by TAI. The Turkish Air Force plans to use this aircraft to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon in the trainer role and also supplement the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon for close air support. This will enhance the country’s military capabilities and strengthen its position as a major regional power.

The project was initiated by TAI in August 2017 using its own financial resources. A mock-up was displayed at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. However, as of January 2020, the aircraft did not have an engine selected, although the Eurojet EJ200 and the General Electric F404-GE-102 were under consideration to power the design. The prototype that flew on 25th April 2021, however, was powered by the General Electric F404-GE-102 engine.

The TAI Hürjet has impressive performance specifications, with a maximum speed of Mach 1.4, a range of 2,222 km, and a service ceiling of 13,716 m. It has a g limit of +8/-3 g and a rate of climb of 200 m/s. Its general characteristics include a crew of two, a length of 13 m, a wingspan of 9.8 m, a height of 4.2 m, and a wing area of 24 m2. The aircraft is powered by a single F404-GE-102 afterburning turbofan engine with 79 kN thrust.

Wide Area Display

One of the features that stands out in this prototype is wide area display.

A wide area display (WAD) is a type of cockpit display used in fighter jets and other aircraft to provide pilots with a large, high-resolution view of their surroundings. WADs typically replace multiple smaller displays with a single, large-format display that can show a variety of information simultaneously.

The advantages of a WAD include increased situational awareness, reduced pilot workload, and improved safety. By providing a larger, more comprehensive view of the cockpit and the outside world, pilots can more easily monitor their instruments, track other aircraft, and maintain situational awareness in high-pressure situations.

However, the TAI Hürjet is still a work in progress, with many capabilities planned for future prototypes. These include air-to-air refueling, fly-by-wire with parameter limiting, a built-in auxiliary power unit, a night vision goggle-compatible cockpit, a head-up display, and an integrated helmet display system. Once these capabilities are added, the TAI Hürjet will be a formidable aircraft that will be used in a variety of roles, from training to light combat missions.

In conclusion, the first flight of the TAI Hürjet is a significant moment for the Turkish Aerospace Industry. This aircraft represents a major development for Turkey’s aviation industry and reinforces the country’s ambitions of becoming a major player in the aerospace sector. While the TAI Hürjet is still in development, it has already demonstrated enormous potential, and future prototypes are expected to include additional advanced features.

By Alpha Defense

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