Hürkuş-C Light Attack Aircraft Right on Target with LUMTAS Missile Demonstration

Date: Issue 74 - May 2017

The LUMTAS Missile Firing Demonstration of the Hürkuş New Generation Basic Trainer Aircraft was held in Konya-Karapınar on April 7, 2017 at the Ministry of National Defense Firing Test and Evaluation Group Command with the participation of National Defense Minister Mr. Fikri Işık, Land Forces Commander General Salih Zeki Çolak, Undersecretary for Defense Industries Prof. İsmail Demir, defense attaches, military and defense officials. 

Developed within the scope of the “Turkish Primary and Basic Trainer Aircraft Project” initiated by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), Hürkuş Aircraft, with its armed configuration designed by TAI to support various scenarios is being developed for pilot training, as well as performing light attack and armed reconnaissance missions at a low cost and with high precision. The Laser-Guided Long Range Anti-Tank Missile-LUMTAS Missile used in the shooting demonstration is being developed to be used with Roketsan’s anti-personnel warhead as an alternative to the anti-tank (tandem) warhead. The missiles, which are already integrated into the Atak helicopter, can also be launched from fixed-wing aircrafts, UAVs as well as land and sea platforms.

Hürkuş, which will be armed with Roketsan’s guided ammunitions LUMTAS / UMTAS / Cirit / TEBER, and has an armored structure, self-protection systems, night vision compatible full digital cockpit, data link, electro optical camera with laser marking capability and advanced avionics system, will have 5 external load stations and a payload carrying capacity of 1500 kg.  

The Turkish Air Force (TAF) is expected to acquire the first lot of Hurkus-C Light Attack Aircraft in 2018.