Turkish F-16s trial new LGK-82 and LGK-84 laser-guided bombs

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The Turkish Air Force has recently tested the accuracy of the LGK-82 and LGK-84 laser-guided aerial bombs, using local F-16s as the delivery platform. This news comes from the Turkish resource TurkDef. The bombs were dropped from an altitude of 15,000 feet. 

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A notable highlight from the resource is that the F-16 fighters utilized in these tests have been upgraded with a new Turkish mission computer as part of the domestic Ozgur program. This year, the F-16 Ozgur program achieved a significant milestone with the successful integration of the Murad AESA radar. This advanced radar system is set to elevate the aircraft’s capabilities, enabling airborne air-to-air, air-to-ground, SAR, and electronic warfare functionalities. 

Developed by Aselsan, the LGK-82 and LGK-84 are cutting-edge laser guidance kits designed to increase the precision of conventional bombs. By converting unguided munitions into precision-guided weapons, these kits add a crucial laser guidance component.

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These guidance kits are affixed to the front of standard Mk-82 and Mk-84 bombs. The LGK-82 is intended for the 500-pound Mk-82 bomb, while the LGK-84 is meant for the 2,000-pound Mk-84 bomb. 

The technology behind these kits is quite advanced. Equipped with a laser seeker, they can detect laser designations from both ground-based and airborne sources. This capability allows the bomb to precisely hone in on a target that has been marked by a laser designator. 

These kits come with a range of sophisticated equipment including a guidance module, control fins, and the essential laser seeker. The guidance module is responsible for processing signals from the laser seeker and adjusting the control fins to steer the bomb accurately toward its target. 

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When we talk about the LGK-82 and LGK-84, we’re looking at components like the laser seeker head, control fins, guidance computer, and battery. These parts work in unison to ensure the bomb follows its laser-designated path with pinpoint accuracy.

By converting unguided bombs into precision-guided munitions, these kits dramatically enhance both range and accuracy. The bombs can be deployed from higher altitudes and greater distances, reducing the risk to the aircraft and increasing the probability of a successful strike. 

Interestingly, Aselsan kits aren’t just crafted for Turkish fighter jets; they’re also tailored for locally developed drones. In recent years, Turkey has established itself as a formidable player in the defense industry. For instance, it was the Akinci drone that showcased its prowess by successfully conducting bomb-dropping tests using Aselsan’s kits. 

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Another noteworthy drone demonstrating its capabilities with these precision munitions is the Anka. This was particularly evident in 2023 during the TEKNOFEST event held in Izmir.

Through the Ozgur project, Turkey is integrating national munitions, electro-optical systems, and avionics into its F-16 military aircraft. A specially developed national mission computer and operational flight software have been successfully incorporated into these F-16s. 

Alongside these advancements, several critical avionics systems have been added to the Turkish Air Force inventory with the F-16 Ozgur aircraft. Moreover, Turkey has requested 79 F-16 Block 70 upgrade kits from the US. The goal of the Ozgur project is to upgrade all remaining F-16s to the Block Ozgur level.

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