On April 20, 2022, HÜRKUŞ test pilot Murat Özpala uploaded photos to his Instagram account documenting HÜRKUŞ’s integration flying tests with the CİRİT 70mm laser guided missile.
It is interesting that, in contrast to launchers used on land and on helicopters, the CİRİT launchers on the HÜRKUŞ aircraft used in the test features curved rather than straight frontal lines. The difference can be explained by the fact that HÜRKUŞ, which travels at a faster rate of speed than a helicopter, is more affected by the ammunition in terms of flight performance. It’s probable that the integrated CİRİT launcher in the AKINCI UAV will be configured in this manner.
L-UMTAS anti-tank missiles created by ROKETSAN and MAM-L ammunition in Air-Ground Integration Training Aircraft configuration had previously been developed by HÜRKUŞ, whose development and upgrades are still ongoing.
Integration of the Countermeasure Release System of Hürkuş has been completed
The integration and flying tests of the HÜRKUŞ Countermeasure Release System have been successfully completed, according to TUSAŞ HÜRKUŞ test pilot Murat Özpala’s announcement on his Linkedin profile. By using chaff and flare, the Countermeasure Release System, created by EHSiM Electronic Warfare Systems Engineering Trade Joint Stock Company, offers defense against RF and IR guided missiles.
HÜRKUŞ exports to Niger and Chad
The HÜRKUŞ HYEU, which was created as part of the new generation basic trainer aircraft project, has a new customer, according to Turkish Aerospace Industries General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil. According to Kotil, two units were sold to Niger and then later to Chad. HÜRKUŞ’s new export destination is Chad, however the training of Nigerian pilots is still going on.