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Potential first Hürkuş-C export customer fails to obscure problems for Turkey

17th May 2021 - 18:14 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Hürkuş-C is an armed version of the Hürkuş-B turboprop trainer. (Photo: TAI)

Turkey may be selling the Hürkuş-C light attack aircraft abroad for the first time but Western sanctions pose problems for exporters.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) claims it is set to sign the first export contract for the Hürkuş-C close air support, counter-insurgency and light attack aircraft — but international embargoes still limit the overseas sales market for Turkish defence equipment.

Speaking in late April to the CNN Turk TV channel, TAI President and CEO Temel Kotil claimed that an export customer for Hürkuş-C had been secured with a 12-aircraft contract imminent.

He declined to name the customer, however. Shephard Defence Insight calculates the unit price of Hürkuş-C at $40 million to $50 million.

Hürkuş-C is an armed version of the Hürkuş-B turboprop trainer

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