Turkish army will use transport and logistic drones in the near future
ANKARA, (BM) – In the last few years, especially in the last 36 months, Turkey has focused a significant portion of its military budget on developing drones, whether by air or water. We have repeatedly written about the success of Turkish drones, and more recently we have written about the first unmanned reconnaissance and patrol boat.
Of course, the leader in Turkey in the field of air drones is the Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), which recently issued an official announcement that it is working on the development of the so-called cargo drones, which will aim to provide logistics and transport of various cargoes in conflict battle zones, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Such an approach is not unknown in the military industry, but perhaps the first in this innovative technology are the Israeli military, which nearly two years ago introduced to the world a drone that, in addition to transporting various cargo, can also transport a wounded soldier to the most -the nearest field military hospital.
Against the background of the conflicts that Turkey has been involved in over the last two years (Libya, Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh), it may not be surprising that Turkish army leaders are trying to integrate this type of opportunity and solve some logistical problems. their efforts in recent years.
For this purpose, however, TAI will have to develop a project of a serious unmanned aerial vehicle that will take off and land vertically. Until now, Turkish combat, attack and reconnaissance drones had taken off on the runway, and only small Kavikadze drones had a vertical takeoff. However, in the press release of the Turkish company TAI, they assure that they are already working on the vertical take-off and landing of the future cargo and logistics drone and will be able to successfully deal with its development, and subsequently with its production.
The idea for this type of drone is not from now. We remind you that such a project was launched by the administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018, and TAI was the ultimate winner in the project. According to a representative of the TAI management, the new drones are already being developed and are expected to enter serial production next year.
“Thanks to the cargo UAV systems, the requirements such as weapons, ammunition, medical equipment, [and] equipment required by the security forces on the battlefield will be delivered in a very short time and safely even in difficult weather conditions,” said SSB President Ismail Demir on November 7.
According to the set characteristics of the Turkish manufacturer, the future transport military drone will carry a payload of up to 50 kg and will have improved flight capabilities for transporting cargo in high mountain areas.
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In recent years, TAI has continued to increase its production portfolio of unmanned aerial vehicles, and of course one of the most successful on international markets is the Turkish Bayraktar TV2 drone, which has created serious problems for Russia’s Paintsir-C1 mobile anti-aircraft missile system in Syria and Libya.
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