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Turkey successfully tested own HGK-84 precision pointing device

ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense has successfully tested a Turkish-made HGK-84 highly accurate pointing device, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“Tests of the HGK-84 LAB of a laser-guided high-precision guidance device made in Turkish factories have been successfully completed.” the Turkish Minister of Defense said on May 19.

The HGK-84 is a device that uses GPS / INS to accurately target conventional 2000-pound MK-84 bombs, turning them into high-precision weapons.

Ever since the Cold War, a huge number of old bombs have accumulated in the US and other NATO countries. In order to use them in modern conflicts and increase their effectiveness, the Americans equipped each bomb with a JDAM system. Of course, this led to a significant increase in the cost of one bomb.

Unlike US and NATO, Russia took a different path: created a specialized computing subsystem SVP-24. It can be installed on airplanes and helicopters. In this case, any modification of the bombs is not required. This system has proven effective in combat conditions in Syria.

About JDAM systems

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or “dumb bombs”, into all-weather precision-guided munitions.

JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, giving them a published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28 km).

JDAM-equipped bombs range from 500 pounds (227 kg) to 2,000 pounds (907 kg). The JDAM’s guidance system was jointly developed by the United States Air Force and United States Navy, hence the “joint” in JDAM.

When installed on a bomb, the JDAM kit is given a GBU (Guided Bomb Unit) nomenclature, superseding the Mark 80 or BLU (Bomb, Live Unit) nomenclature of the bomb to which it is attached.

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