Turkey To Export Armed Hürküş Aircraft To Secret Customer
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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