ANKARA ($1=17.91 Turkish Liras) — The Turkish Navy received its Aksungur naval drone. It was developed by the Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries [TAI]. This company is the main supplier of UAVs, and the most famous of its portfolio is Bayraktr TB2 UCAV.
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The head of Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate, Ismail Demir, boasted about the new acquisition. “We continue with our deliveries. We have finally delivered another Aksungur to the command of our naval forces. Our UAVs are always ready for duty,” Demir wrote on his Twitter account.
An interesting fact is that TAI developed, built prototypes, and tested and started production of the Aksungur air defense system in just 18 months. The Aksungur UAV is a reconnaissance drone, but it can easily be converted into an attack drone.
About Aksungur UAV
For the first time, Aksungur UAV was presented at the end of last year – in October. As of now, only six units of it are known to have been built, including the prototypes. Officially, the Aksungur UAV is already in service with the Turkish Navy.
The payload it can carry is 750 kg. Its length 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 provide the power of 130–160 kW [170–220 hp] each. Its maximum flight altitude is 12,192 m [40,000 ft], its cruise speed is 250 km/h and it can stay in the air for 60 hours.
When the Navy decides to arm it, the Roketsan Cirit missile is the primary choice. It is a laser-guided 70 mm missile system that has already registered participation in battles: Kurdish–Turkish conflict [1978–present], Syrian Civil War, Operation Olive Branch, 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Aksungur UAV can also carry a variety of bombs, such as smart micro munitions and precision-guided munitions.
At the moment, there is no official information on whether Turkey is preparing an export version of its latest acquisition in air weapon systems.
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