FARNBOROUGH, England—Turkish Aerospace is envisaging the first flight of its Hurjet advanced jet trainer in 2022, CEO Temel Kotil says.

Launched by the company last August, the single-engine aircraft—which is making its international debut here at the Farnborough Airshow in mock-up form—is currently being developed using internal company funding with the aim of replacing the Turkish Air Force’s Northrop T-38 Talon trainers.

Capable of speeds up to Mach 1.2, Hurjet will be the first supersonic aircraft produced by a Turkish manufacturer, and will provide useful experience as the company proceeds with the development of an indigenous fighter, the TF-X.

“We want to challenge the market on price,” CEO Temel Kotil says. He says the prices of advanced jet trainers remain high despite a highly contested market. By the time the Hurjet flies, the U.S. Air Force is likely to have selected its next-generation jet trainer, and there also are competitors from Europe, Russia and China.

Kotil is eager to accelerate the aircraft’s development; although first flight is planned for 2022, he is encouraging the engineering team to accelerate progress and get Hurjet airborne in 2021. The configuration is not yet frozen, but Kotil says it is unlikely to change much.

The company still needs to select an engine. Kotil says this is under discussion, but the company may opt for a GE engine, possibly the F404.

The company already has selected a Martin-Baker ejection seat and is looking at a wide-area display-style produced by Aselsan.

The mock-up at Farnborough is kitted out with several indigenous weapons, including the Gozdogan short-range air-to-air missile on the wing-tip pylon and a dumb bomb featuring an HGK guidance kit.

Meanwhile, the company is continuing with the development of its T-625 twin-engine utility helicopter. Rig testing of the indigenously developed main gearbox has been successful, Kotil says, and the next step is to begin dynamic testing with the LHTEC T800 engine in conjunction with the gearbox. This work is expected to begin as early as July 23. Officials said the helicopter is on course for a first flight at the beginning of September.