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Turkish UAV [And other Unmanned systems] Development and Fielding

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Hakobyan got detained for his remarks, on Russia supplying Pole-21 to Armenia and that after some modifications to the TB2, Pole-21 was not able to stop TB2 - which I'm guessing would be the SATCOM enabled ones.
View: https://twitter.com/UGhost01/status/1329464070962081793?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1329513095534931969%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdefencehub.live%2Fthreads%2Fazerbaijan-and-armenia-clash-over-nagorno-karabakh-region-updates-discussion.1423%2Fpage-285
I did a google search on Pole-21 and according to russian news service TASS it is a distributed GPS/Glonass satnav jamming system. This would seem to indicate the TB2 can operate in a GPS-degraded environment.
 

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What is impressive is that 28 hours is endurance with the said load of 12 missiles. Completely clean, that UAV was tested to 49 hours of endurance.
 

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Ukraine to buy 5 more Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones in 2021​

"The decision has been made and planned. Next year, we will procure five new Bayraktars for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Col. Gen. Rusan Khomchak was quoted as saying by the country’s Armiya Inform.

Khomchak said the drones have “somewhat different tactical and technical characteristics, including (their) altitude and effective range.”

 

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What is impressive is that 28 hours is endurance with the said load of 12 missiles. Completely clean, that UAV was tested to 49 hours of endurance.
They are achieving this with prototype air-frame. The serial production airframe is supposedly lighter and said to increase ISR "clean" configuration endurance to 55 hours.

AKSUNGUR Carved Its Name into the Skies in 2020 - TAI MAGAZINE | #118

AKSUNGUR, the newest and most assertive member of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) ANKA, made a memorable impression with its achievements in 2020. The aerial vehicle, which has a high payload capacity, has performed two record-breaking flights showcasing its striking performance in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and attack tasks, and its capabilities for long-term operations up to 40,000 feet.

The strongest in the ANKA family

Always striving to present its users with stronger, more qualified, and safer products, Turkish Aerospace, in August 2017, started working on the design and manufacture of an aerial vehicle which can stay in the air for a longer period of time and carry more payload. Considering the achievements of ANKA, the new aerial vehicle would meet the changing needs of users based on advancing technologies. Led by Turkish Aerospace UAV Systems Executive Vice President Dr. Ömer Yıldız, the operations were planned to be completed in a short period of 17 months. Built on ANKA’s current avionic architecture and software capabilities, the new aerial vehicle’s conceptual design process was the first phase to be completed. In February 2018, the company completed the preliminary design process and held the Critical Design Meeting for the vehicle a few months later

Borrowing its software and equipment from the ANKA series, AKSUNGUR was designed with a new wing platform to carry more payload than its product family. The company designed the new unmanned aerial vehicle’s wing platform using the wetlaid process and rule of thumb instead of resinimpregnated composite materials called pre-preg composite fibers and proved once again that it’s one of the few companies in the world which can manufacture wetlaid wing composites in similar sizes. Throughout the process, the company centralized the product and program management and rolled out its new UAV named "AKSUNGUR" in January 2019. A medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle with EO/IR, SAR, and SIGINT payloads and various air-toground weapons, AKSUNGUR performed its first flight on March 20, 2019 and made its family very proud. The aerial vehicle managed to stay in the air for 4 hours and 20 minutes during its first flight.

Two record-breaking flights in 2020

With newly designed features such as guidance control system, structurals, flight mechanics, landing gear, and an engine and fuel system that are different from ANKA, AKSUNGUR was a source of great excitement when it stayed in the air nearly 28 hours for the first time with full ammunition. Having cemented its success with a 49-hour flight, the unmanned aerial vehicle performed a flight, which was controlled from Turkish Aerospace facilities, with 12 MAM-Ls. Additionally, it also performed its first shooting drill with the TEBER guidance kit for ammunition developed by Roketsan during a 49-hour flight. During this flight at 20,000 feet, AKSUNGUR followed a route in the shape of a crescent and a star to draw our country’s flag in the skies.

The test flight, performed by four test pilots and three flight test engineers from Turkish Aerospace, was executed thanks to the efforts of a big team comprising the departments of operations, quality, and support, and the designers. Just like in previous tests, during this flight, the AKSUNGUR model's performance measured up to test data.

AKSUNGUR, which has high autonomous capabilities, performed the flight in a favorable environment and in isolation. All data was tracked and collected under the management of assigned test pilots (in periods of eighthour shifts) and flight test engineers in coordination with the Flight Test Management Center including design engineers from various disciplines. Thanks to the efforts of Turkish Aerospace teams, which didn’t encounter any negative data, AKSUNGUR succeeded in standing out among its peers with its low-cost, long-endurance payload carrying capabilities.

The unmanned aerial vehicle, which led to numerous moments of pride by staying in the air for 49 hours in its 59th flight, has completed a total of 300 flight hours. The vehicle, whose model was first exhibited at the Paris Airshow and the 1/1 scale of which was first displayed at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF), will be equipped with a special fuselage in the second phase. The company aims to take this improved version of AKSUNGUR into the skies soon and to make sure its stays in the air for 55 hours.

 

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Tunisia allegedly orders 3 Anka UAV:
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is to make its first Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) export to Tunisia, local media reported on Sunday.

TAI will deliver three Anka UAVs and three Ground Control Systems to the Tunisian Air Force Command, according to Turkish newspaper Habertürk.
 

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UK defense chief commends Turkish combat drone​

"The roots of these drones are born out of Turkish innovation," Ben Wallace said in a webinar organized by the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI), a British security think tank.

"Prevented from gaining access to exquisite foreign programs, they (Turkey) did what we used to do so well – they innovated."

Wallace said the Turkish drone has the capability to present "real challenges to the enemy."

"The TB2 and its accompanying munitions combine technical abilities with an affordability that means their commanders can tolerate some attrition while presenting real challenges to the enemy," he said.


 

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Gonna post this here, Turkey is also working on unmanned surface vehicles - Here is a collaborative project from; Meteksan and ARES Shipyard

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XA_LgN_KMk&t=0s

Ulaq SIDA

Length:11m
Speed:65km/h
Range:400km
Payload: 2000kg
Lanching to sea: Decmber 2020


ULAQ SIDA

Various configurations of this vehicle will be developed with Mine-Sweeping and Electronic Warfare Variants.

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Intelligence gathering and jamming variant
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Anti-Surface Warfare Variant
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Türksat5A sent into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8.26 p.m. Thursday (Friday GMT0126, 4.26 a.m. in Turkey) – will settle into its orbit within four months and start service in the second half of 2021, according to Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Ministry.

Carrying 42 Ku-band transponders. The expected on-orbit life time will be 15 years.
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Will significantly increase bandwidth for Turkey's SATCOM enabled Unmanned Aircraft
 

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Meteksan Defence MILSAR SAR/GMTI Radar Provides Outstanding Capabilities to Tactical UAVs​

MILSAR, which is a multi-functional radar system with SAR and GMTI Modes, initially had different technical specifications (Ka-Band and 10km range). However, after a new system with upper segment SAR/GMTI radar features was requested by both the SSB and other UAV platform manufacturers, including Baykar Defence, Meteksan Defence made significant improvements in the MILSAR's SAR/GMTI Radar feature set under a contract amendment. After a change in the contract, the frequency range of MILSAR was changed (Ku-Band), its range was increased (27km), resulting in a product that is lighter than its competitors. According to the information we received, MILSAR, which is stated to have similar performance characteristics to equivalent products despite its lightweight, can generate radar images up to 30cm resolution from 27km. Having the same mechanical interface as the standard 15-inch EO/IR FLIR turret (in this way, MILSAR can be installed instead of EO/IR payload when necessary), MILSAR provides Tactical UAVs with 360-degree scanning and surveillance capability regardless of weather conditions.

More about it here;


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Aselsan SARPER SAR radar, mounted to ANKA UCAV
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During the tests, an area of approximately 650km2 with the SARPER Radar was able to be imaged at 1.5m resolution in approximately 1 hour with an 80-degree horizontal angle
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The Mini SAR (m-SAR ™) Tactical SAR System, which has a pod structure in weight and volume compatible with the Roketsan MAM-L Smart Ammunition body, weighs approximately 22kg, 16cm in diameter and 95cm in length, and its hourly energy requirement is below 300W. The m-SAR ™ Tactical SAR System, which can operate up to 30,000ft altitude, can be used with the FLIR payload located in the nose in Tactical UAVs thanks to its structure that can be mounted under the wing (thus it can continue to provide high resolution images in weather conditions where FLIR is ineffective) allows. The m-SAR ™ Tactical SAR System, which has high MTCBF, internal INS / GPS and an internal Data Recording Unit, can be integrated into helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft in addition to Tactical UAVs. m-X-Band AESA SAR ™ Tactical SAR System; It has Stripmap, Spotlight, GMTI, DMTI, CCD, Sea Search and ISAR Modes.

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