The new domestically produced Hürjet light attack and training aircraft launched its engine yesterday Friday, the head of the Defense Industries Presidency (SSB), Ismail Demir, reported on his Twitter account.

“Under the strong leadership of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a Turkish defense industry, our work continues at full speed in the next centenary of our republic,” he noted.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), which is developing the aircraft, also shared a statement on the company’s official Twitter account: “We are happy to fulfill our promise to our nation. The HÜRJET started its engine and will soon have the chance to take its place in the sky.”

According to previous statements by the company’s official, TAI intends to produce two of these aircraft every month from 2025.

Temel Kotil has stated that four prototypes will be built first, which will then be used in flight tests. “Our goal is to build six to seven aircraft in the first year in the series production phase and to produce two and 24 aircraft per month starting the following year.

“After 2025, two Hürjets will roll out of the hangar and be delivered to the customer every month,” he said. The TAI initially commissioned the Hürjet project in 2017 and is expected to make its maiden flight in 2023.

To become a fifth-generation training aircraft, the Hürjet’s cutting-edge cockpit will feature a cutting-edge mission computer. The planes will have better radar, more sensitive attack systems, and air and ground communication capabilities, allowing them to deal better with threats and dangers.

The Hürjet will have a length of 13.4 meters (43 feet) and a wingspan of 11 meters and will provide environmental security in offensive operations. The main objective of the Hürjet project is to replace the fleet of T-38 trainer aircraft of the Turkish Air Force – made up of 70 aircraft – and to satisfy the needs of potential international customers.

The advanced jet’s maximum altitude is set at 45,000 feet (14 kilometers), along with its payload of 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds) and a top speed of Mach 1.2.