Turkish Aerospace is showcasing a model of its new Anka-Aksungur medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) at the ongoing Seoul ADEX 2019. The MALE class UAV system can perform day and night intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike missions with EO/IR, SAR and SIGINT payloads, and a variety of air to ground weapons.
According to a TAI official, the UAV, which is powered by two PD-170 twin-turbocharged Diesel engines, can carry out long endurance operations up to 40,000 feet.
It boasts a 750kg (1,700lb) payload, and at its maximum payload capacity, including weapon systems on its underwing hard- points, the UAV can fly at 25,000 feet for 12 hours. The UAV has the weapons options with three hard points on each wing with 500 kg, 300 kg and 150 kg capacity. The weapons include Roketsan – made laser guided TEBER-81 and TEBER 82. TEBER is a laser guidance kit that is attached to MK-81(250lb) and MK-82 (500lb) general purpose bombs. TEBER converts the bombs into precision smart weapons using Inertial Navigation System, Global Positioning System and Laser Seeker.
The UAV also has the option of integrating LUMTAS, the laser-guided long-range anti-tank missile system, again developed by Roketsan. The ammunitions are likely to be integrated onto the platform by the end of this year. The company is now expecting to continue flight trials throughout the year, ahead of integrating and certifying the TEI PD170 engine into the twin-boom aircraft by the year-end.
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