Video shows Turkey‘s Hürjet supersonic jet trainer performing taxi tests

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The TAI Hürjet, Turkey’s supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft, exited the hangar and took to the runway. The aircraft was filmed performing taxi tests on March 18, 2023.

The pictures and video of the aircraft were shared on social media.

Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Aerospace, shared a video of the rollout on Twitter, thanking his team for “faith, effort, and success”.

Ismail Demir, President of Turkey’s Defense Industry Agency, shared another video of the event on Twitter, noting that the Hürjet is the country’s second aircraft to perform taxi tests in a few days’ span, following the the MMU.

The Hürjet performed tax tests the following day after the prototype of the TAI TF-X fifth-generation fighter jet did the same. The aircraft, also known as the National Combat Aircraft (MMU), moved under its own power during tests on March 17, 2023, which marked a successful integration of its General Electric F110 engines.

The Hürjet, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), is a single-engine supersonic advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft, similar to the Boeing T-7, the KAI T-50 and the Yakovlev Yak-130.

The manufacturer outlines its maximum speed of Mach 1.4 and a range of 2,222 km (1,200 nm). As an advanced trainer, it is poised to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon in the service of the Turkish Air Force. As a light combat aircraft, its role includes carrying a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions.

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