Sunday, April 16, 2017

TAI Hurkus-C begin weapon trials

Turkish Defense Ministry

Turkish Aerospace Industries has commenced weapon trials of the Hurkus-C turboprop light ground attack aircraft.

The laser guided Long Range Anti-Tank Missile System LUMTAS Missile developed by Roketsan, was fired from the Hurkus-C for the first time on 7 April 2017, in Konya Karapınar test range.

The 37.5 kg air to ground missile with a maximum range of 8000 m successfully hit the ground target. Effective against both moving and static targets, the LUMTAS can be equipped with either a anti-tank tandem warhead or a anti-personal warhead.

The 1.8 m long LUMTAS missile is launched from a 62 kg launcher which can carry either 2 or 4 missiles.

Hurkus-C is an armed version of the Hurkus turboprop trainer aircraft developed by TAI. The airframe has been armor reinforced to improve survivability of the aircraft against ground fire while carrying out close air support (CAS) and counter insurgency (COIN) operations.

It is currently powered by a 1,600 shp  Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68T turboprop engine driving a five bladed aluminum Hartzell HC-B5MA-3 propeller.

The twin seat Hurkus can carry a maximum payload of 1,500 kg on its five external weapon pylons along with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor turret.

Currently the Roketsan Cirit laser-guided rockets and LUMTAS is integrated with the aircraft, which will be expanded to bombs and a 12.7 mm gun in future.

Salient features of the aircraft include zero-zero Martin-Baker Mk T-16 ejection seats, pressurized cockpit, Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) controls, superior cockpit visibility (50 down-view angle from rear cockpit) and heavy duty landing gears.

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