Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to provide technical assistance in the areas of loads and aeroelastics for the Hürjet aircraft programme. The Hürjet is a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft, which will replace the Turkish Airforce’s T-38 trainers.
This contract builds on previous support provided by Stirling Dynamics, which was initial consultancy to support TAI up to the Hürjet’s preliminary design review (PDR). Under the new contract, we will be supporting TAI’s engineering team as they work towards critical design review (CDR). Our engineers will be providing support in several formats involving training and guidance, expert review, and off-site work packages. Technical areas of interest include flight and gust loads, buffet, flutter, and validation testing.
We are well placed to carry out this work due to our extensive experience supporting new aircraft design programmes across a range of aircraft through to certification and having an extensive background and proficiency in aircraft loads and aeroelastics. Henry Hackford, Stirling’s Aerospace Technical Services Business Unit Manager, commented: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work TAI again on their indigenous aircraft development programme. The Hürjet contract is the realisation of a long-standing dialogue with TAI and provides an exceptional opportunity for us to demonstrate our key strengths.”
TAI is expecting to conduct the Hürjet’s maiden test flight in 2022.