The Turkish government has signed a contract for the serial production of two versions of the Hurkus, an indigenous trainer aircraft developed by the Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the company announced in a Dec. 26 press release.

Turkey’s top procurement decision-maker, the Defense Industry Executive Committee chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ruled Sept. 26 to open contract negotiations with TAI for the serial production of the Hurkus. TAI said the contract was signed between the company and Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM).

TAI said the Hurkus-A, an analog cockpit-base model, made its maiden flight Aug. 23. It has flown a total of 800 hours in 15 sorties since then.