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Primary Trainer Aircraft (BEU) Program Contract was Finalized

Primary Trainer Aircraft Program Contract negotiations are being finalized and the contract signature ceremony was held with the participation of executives from both parties at IDEF 2017

Within the context of this program, the T-41 and SF 260 Aircraft which are used for primary training in the Turkish Air Force inventory, will be replaced with 52 SMK Primary Trainer Aircraft. 

The BEU Project aims to procure the most suitable air platform to train the pilot candidates in the combat squadrons of the Turkish Air Force. Currently, T-41 and SF 260 Aircraft are in the Turkish Air Force inventory and they are used by student/graduate pilots for primary training. 

After the tender process, upon the result of the evaluations, the Defense Industry Executive Committee selected the contractor for the Primary Trainer Aircraft (BEU) Program and has authorized SSM launched contract negotiations with Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in August 2016.

SMK’s General Characteristics 

A propeller driven single-engine aircraft

Center-mounted (cyclic) stick

Identifying Friend or Foe (IFF)-Transponder, Global Positioning System (GPS) and ease of navigation

UHF/VHF radio system

Basic aerobatic maneuvers can be performed

Take-off and landing distances, stall and approach speeds are low, side-wind speeds are high

The pilots have good all-around view

Procurement of the SMK aircraft will provide the opportunity to complete more efficient and effective flight training. 

With this project, Turkey will be the first NATO country to operate the SMK in its Airforce’s inventory. Considering the heritage of good relationships between the two countries, this project will foster this relationship and take it to new heights in the future.