Turkey unveiled kamikaze drone with AI-assisted optical guidance
Winged mobile munitions Kemankes [Kagem] developed by Baykar [the manufacturer of Bayraktar TB2 drones] were shown for the first time. This happened at the TeknoFest 2023 exhibition. Our loitering munition has a communication range of 50+ kilometers.
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Mr. Seichuk Bayraktar, Chairman of the Baykar Board of Directors, called Kagem a “mini navigational missile.”
Developed by Baykar for use against strategic targets, Kagem is winged loitering munitions [kamikaze drones]. The Kagem ammunition is to be used by the Akinci UCAV, Bayraktar TB2, and Bayraktar TB3. The Kagem will have an increased range when launched from a UCAV.
The new Turkish kamikaze drone will be able to fly for at least an hour in the air and will quickly head to the target thanks to its turbojet engine. The kamikaze, which also can perform an autonomous flight, is specifically designed to destroy strategic targets behind the front [deep in the enemy’s rear].
Kagem, equipped with optical guidance assisted by artificial intelligence, can operate up to an altitude of 18,000 feet. The normal cruise speed of the munition, which can dive towards its target at a maximum speed of Mach 0.7, is Mach 0.3.
With a length of 1.73 meters and a wingspan of 1.25 meters, Kagem can carry a payload of 6 kilograms. It is equipped with a camera system with 2-axis stabilization, 36x zoom, and a laser rangefinder with a range of 2.8 kilometers. Baykar is also believed to be working on heavier, longer-range ammunition.
Change in balance
Turkish sources say the operational range of the new kamikaze drone will be 200+ km. Experts suggest that this will change the balance of the front line. However, not only operational range will be the reason for this, but also the ability to fly autonomously. It is the presence of artificial intelligence in the autopilot system that will be the reason for cutting enemy targets with high accuracy and precision.
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