Turkey to test Kuzgun-SS: IIR/Laser seeker, FAE warhead, mmW radar
ANKARA, ($1=14.72 Tutkish Lirsa) — Turkish Industries Research and Development Institute [IRDI] Tubitak Sage announced on its official Twitter account that the Kuzgun-SS [Free Float] configuration of Kuzgun precision-guided munition [PGM] is ready for testing with the words “We are ready”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Turkish online portal DefenseTurk.
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Kuzgun-SS is a guided munition weighing nearly 100 kg and has various targeting and warhead options. The Turkish government plans to use this weapon mainly on Bayraktar TB2, Akinci, and Aksungur UAVs, as well as on platforms such as the F-16 fighter jets, a tandem low-wing two-seater aircraft with a single-engine turboprop engine TAI Hurkus and future single-engine, hard-to-trace, supersonic, unmanned fighter Bayraktar Kızılelma, as well as single-engine, tandem supersonic advanced training, and light combat aircraft TAI Hurjet.
The modularity and profitability of the Kuzgun-SS will make it an important multiplier of forces in the capabilities of the Turkish Air Force. Kuzgun’s target profile includes military units, light / heavy armored vehicles, moving targets, military camps, mobile surface targets, and shelters.
Kuzgun precision-guided munition
Kuzgun precision-guided munition is a new generation product family of 100 kg class, designed to meet the needs of tactically guided munition, modular in terms of propulsion and methods of navigation or warhead guidance, low cost, suitable for reusable, high impact accuracy and low lateral damage.
The guided munition of this family will be powered in three ways depending on the model, platform, and reassignment: free-floating, turbojet engine, and solid-fuel rocket motor.
The warhead will also be different according to the same parameters. Tubitak Sage will use mainly three types of warheads – pitting warhead [the core of an implosive nuclear weapon – fissile material, and any neutron reflector or spice associated with it], thermobaric warhead, and general-purpose warhead.
The Kuzgun family of guided munitions will feature an inertial navigation system [INS], a global positioning system [CRPA / Anti-Jamming], a data connection, a laser or IIR / CCD finder, and an integrated mmW radar.
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