I said Hurjet's competition with the T-50 will be interesting. What's strange about this? Potential sales of this aircraft will be blocked 99% by the US
Hurjet project just like Hürkus is fundementally an R&D project. Aim is to make TAI a technologically capable company that could carry out the TF-X project or the projects that'll come after that.
I agree that it is very likely no export success will be achieved but TURAF is going to procure +50 that will compensate like %70 of the funds that goes into the project.
Economically, roughly TAI is going to be spending like 4b$ in 40 years to supply around 50 jets and spare parts meanwhile TURAF paying like 3b$. So TAI's loss is 1b$ but it is going to gain a lot of experience.
In the alternative case If TURAF just buys from koreans or americans or italians it would gain an offset agreement for TAI in which TAI is to only produce trivial parts&assembly which is basicly 0 valuable experience for TAI, TURAF would pay 3b$ again and TAI would earn like 1b$.
In short, Turkey chose spending extra 2b$ so that it could have a company and human resources that can design and manifacture a supersonic jet, in my opinion it is a very good investment cause that 2b$ extra spending is going to its own engineers pocket and staying in the national economy anyway. Not to mention, we don't know how would Turkey-US relationship could change in 5 to 10 years and Turkey could export this jet to its close allies which could make the project completely lucrative.
I think, for countries like Turkey which most of its exports are not high-tech any investment or adventure in high-tech sectors are good to go and im happy with it, otherwise those $$$ going to stupid construction projects or flat out wasted in corruption shenanigans, always better to invest in our human resources& technical infrastracture and maybe sacrifice in the short term than just buying foreign and lag behind forever. Clearly, after the hurkus project hurjet is the perfect next step to take.