ANKARA ($1=17.91 Turkish Liras) — The Turkish Navy obtained its Aksungur naval drone. It was developed by the Turkish firm Turkish Aerospace Industries [TAI]. This firm is the primary provider of UAVs, and essentially the most well-known of its portfolio is Bayraktr TB2 UCAV.
The pinnacle of Turkey’s Protection Business Directorate, Ismail Demir, boasted concerning the new acquisition. “We proceed with our deliveries. Now we have lastly delivered one other Aksungur to the command of our naval forces. Our UAVs are all the time prepared for obligation,” Demir wrote on his Twitter account.
An attention-grabbing reality is that TAI developed, constructed prototypes, and examined and began manufacturing of the Aksungur air protection system in simply 18 months. The Aksungur UAV is a reconnaissance drone, however it could possibly simply be transformed into an assault drone.
About Aksungur UAV
For the primary time, Aksungur UAV was offered on the finish of final 12 months – in October. As of now, solely six items of it are identified to have been constructed, together with the prototypes. Formally, the Aksungur UAV is already in service with the Turkish Navy.
The payload it could possibly carry is 750 kg. Its size is 12 m [39 ft 4 in] and its wingspan is 24 m [78 ft 9 in]. The drone is powered by two 4-cylinder liquid-cooled turbocharged horizontally-opposed piston engines. They supply the ability of 130–160 kW [170–220 hp] every. Its most flight altitude is 12,192 m [40,000 ft], its cruise pace is 250 km/h and it could possibly keep within the air for 60 hours.
When the Navy decides to arm it, the Roketsan Cirit missile is the first selection. It’s a laser-guided 70 mm missile system that has already registered participation in battles: Kurdish–Turkish battle [1978–present], Syrian Civil Struggle, Operation Olive Department, 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh battle. The Aksungur UAV also can carry a wide range of bombs, similar to good micro munitions and precision-guided munitions.
In the meanwhile, there isn’t any official data on whether or not Turkey is making ready an export model of its newest acquisition in air weapon methods.
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