Azerbaijan Hurkus B 640More interest in TAI Hürkuş

Ismail Demir, Turkey’s chief procurement official and head of the Presidency of Defense Industries, stated that the Azərbaycan Hərbi Hava Qüvvələri (Azerbaijan Air Force) expressed strong interest in the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkuş training aircraft. No exact type has been reported, but this could also be the Hürkuş-C armed close air support aircraft.

On 3 December 2021, two Hürkuş training aircraft made a demonstration flight in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Azerbaijan, it was stated that the trainers performed their demonstration flight on Distinguished Observer Day.

The Hürkuş is a two-seat turboprop aircraft designed to train pilots and carry out reconnaissance or even light attack missions. The Hürkuş-C variant is designed for close-air-support missions. It can carry 1,500 kios of weaponry and take off from unprepared runways.

If a contract will be signed has not been reported, but if a deal comes to fruitation, this will be the second export order for the TAI Hürkuş. On 22 November 2021, Scramble Magazine reported on the export contract of Hürkuş aircraft to the Armée de l'Air du Niger (Niger Air Force).

Photo (just illustrative Hürkuş-B) by Turkish Aerospace Industries

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