|Date: 28/06/2012 Time: 01:03:00 AM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the
ceremony to roll out Hurkus, Turkey's first domestically-developed military
training aircraft, here on Wednesday.
The plane, developed by Turkish Air Industry's (TAI), is named after the
first Turkish pilot Vecihi Hurkus.
Addressing the unveiling ceremony, Erdogan said that Turkish Armed Forces
will be furnished from now on with indigenous products, made by "our own our
own manufacturers, technicians and engineers."
He praised the TAI as one of the top 100 defense companies in the world,
adding that his government will pursue the efforts to ensure self-sufficiency
in the the defense industries.
The tandem two-seater turboprop aircraft has low wings and a single engine;
it will help the Turkish army modernize its dating fleet of training aircraft.