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JULY 2022

Turkey To Export Armed Hürküş Aircraft To Secret Customer

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Turkey To Export Armed Hürküş Aircraft To Secret Customer

TAI Hürkuş-C, photo by Anna Zvereva. Source: flickr.com/photos/130961247@N06/34839092714/

Turkey will soon export its domestically developed “Hürkuş-C” armed close air support and training aircraft to a yet undisclosed customer, Temel Kotil, manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), told CNN Türk on April 25.

According to Kotil, a total of twelve Hürkuş-C aircraft will be exported to the customer, which will be named when the contract is finalized.

“We cannot disclose the country because the contract has not been signed yet, but it will take place,” TAI manager said.

The Hürkuş-C is an armed version of the TAI Hürkuş, turboprop aircraft. This version was designed mainly for the close air support role in addition to pilot training missions.

The armed aircraft can carry around 1,500 kg of weapons, including precision-guided munitions of different types. The aircraft can be also equipped with an advanced optical\infrared targeting system.

The customer of the Hürkuş-C may be Qatar, which bought billions-worth of Turkish weaponry over the last few years in order to boost its relations with Ankara. Other possible customers are Libya, where pro-Turkish forces have influence in the government, and Azerbaijan, one of Turkey’s closest allies.

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Steve Standley

These converted crop duster style ground attack aircraft are great for bombing poor people in flip flops with AK47s. Not much good against anyone with basic air defenses. Nice to see Turkey doing its part to make the world a better place.

Lone Ranger

Last time the U.S. used something similar was in he early stages of the Vietnam, war, with the Skyrader, they quickly switched to A-6 Intruders, even those were very vulnerable to radar directed AA and SAMs.

Supreme Blyat

Chad, Niger no?

Gaijin

Nope,%90 Pakistan %10 Bangladesh.

Supreme Blyat

Are they willing to start WW3?

Gaijin

lol…

Supreme Blyat

Gaijin makes my prefered game, War Thunder.

klove and light

good game

ruca

Ukraine

disTheeNot

They’ll export them until they p*ss-off the Canadians that supply the P&W engines.

Alekai Mordechai

This news was disclosed after Bangladesh’s air force chief finished his 5 days tour to Turkey in April 28.

Here’s few thing that might suggest just that!

1) The country unveiled a plan to procure primary trainers with combat capability. Main aim is to replace its Cold war era PT-6s from China. (FYI, BD army bought Turkish 300 mm rocket artillery, Ground Surveillance Radars, Cobra II LAVs in recent years and are now looking for Aselsan’s SDR radio solutions). This country essentially embraced Erdogan’s diplomatic and military overture.

2) FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu went to Bangladesh few months ago along with arms delegations.

3) Ukraine – they definitely don’t need a propeller aircraft to face russians, they seem to have enough trainers (albeit jet powered). FYI, Ukraine did not release any RFI to suggest any turboprop aircraft for its air force as of yet.

4) Qatar – It has acquired 24 PC-21 trainers in recent years. Hurkus doesn’t meet its training doctrine at the moment.

5) Pakistan – Given US’s objection to selling engines for ATAK I choppers, doesn’t come out as a good candidate either

6) Another possibility can be Tunisia. However they ordered AT-6 Texan II to fulfill its primary trainer role.

7) Or perhaps Azerbaijan.

Will Canada be okay with the engine re-export via Turkey? Well Canada didn’t object when they sold engines for Airbus’s C-295W for Bangladesh’s army.

Or better yet ……….. wait for it ……… ARMENIA or Greece!

Other’s input would be great in this regard.

Lone Ranger

50year behind the curve…

John Wallace

I would tend to agree with Bangladesh . Borders with India who they are very friendly with , Nepal to the north and Burma , who have enough of their own problems to cause trouble with Bangladesh. Bangladesh was of course East Pakistan until they broke away from West Pakistan , now just Pakistan with a war between them in 1971. So they aren’t really threatened or a threat to anyone.

James

Geee…….I wonder if it’s going to be Ukraine? Anything to try and draw Russia into the Ukraine conflict and make it look like their the problem through MSM propoganda.

Gaijin

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