Ankara, Turkey – Aksungur, which broke the record with 49 hours in the air, heralds a new era. Aksungur will provide great convenience in detecting submarines, experts say, which could be a new strategic capability in the Aegean and Mediterranean.
Turkey, which has attracted attention with its performance in unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years, signals that it will further strengthen its position with Aksungur.
Aksungur, which broke the ‘record of staying in the air without resupply of a Turkish-made aircraft’ by staying 49 hours in the air the other day, is attracting attention not only with the duration of its stay in the air, but also with other opportunities and capabilities that it has.
The 49-hour flight also means the record of Turkish UCAV staying in the air, in general, there are UCAV flying longer ranges, but these are, for example, UCAVs powered by US-made solar energy, whose purpose is to serve as an internet transmitter in rural areas. So it’s not an armed drone.
Aksungur’s twin-engine and satellite-controlled UCAV, was originally developed from ANKA-s body.
The most surprising features of Aksungur are its very large wingspan, its ability to throw a lot of ammunition and carry Sonobuoy under the wing.
With this feature, the two other UCAV, TB-2 and ANKA, which entered service in Navy, will contribute as a very important capability in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, which is a very hot region.
New destroyer of submarines
One of the most important features of Aksungur ‘Sonobuoy’ system:
Sonobuoy is experimenting with devices left by parachute from aircraft or helicopters, serving at different operating depths, collecting acoustic information for submarines and transmitting this information instantaneously via radio frequency to air and above-water platforms.
Aksungur leaves them via a pod on his wing. In this way, it is able to perform the task that a manned naval outpost aircraft does in terms of detecting submarines in submarine warfare missions.
Everyone knows how dangerous submarines are; especially a submarine whose location is unknown, even if it is not Nuclear, can turn into a highly strategic platform.
A submarine whose location is known is only considered a ‘target’ because it is difficult to detect the largest weapons of these vehicles, that is, to know their location. Imagine that Turkey can easily find the location of submarines with Aksungur. That’s when it becomes easier to understand how this UCAV has acquired the ability.
Even in very bad weather, it will get an image
We are talking about an UCAV that will carry SAR (synthetic aperture radar), except for the sonobuoy pod, Aksungur as having 3 weapon stations on each wing:
A radar-type SAR radar that detects everything moving, including people, even in very bad weather within about 40 kilometers. It has also been used in Anka before.
In addition, SATCOM, the satellite controller in ANKA-s, is also used in Aksungur. In this way, its range can be as much as the range of Turkish satellites, that is, thousands of kilometers. In other words, as long as there is fuel, it is a tool that you can serve in a very wide geography. As long as it is refueled on the ground, it can be flown from the ground station in Turkey when flying on a continent.
What ammunition will Aksungur use?
The ammunition options Aksungur will use when the ammunition integrations begin are quite large.
Aksungur will be able to fire ammunition such as the laser-guided Teber 81-82, the anti-tank missile LUMTAS, the MAM-L, the fearful dream of air defense systems in Operation Spring Shield.
Aksungur, on the other hand, will be able to throw ‘smart’ bombs at targets with various guidance kits such as MAM-c, HGK-3, KGK-82. For now, when it enters the inventory, it will only be able to use these national munitions. Forward, perhaps cruise missiles and air-to-air missiles can also be considered to be integrated.
750 kilograms of useful load capacity
Aksungur, which has two PD-170 BB turbodiesel engines developed by TUSAS engine industry (TEI) with national facilities, can operate at an altitude of 40 thousand feet on a normal mission and can stay in the air for 40 hours.
Aksungur, which will provide Turkey with very important achievements, has a wingspan of 24 meters, a maximum takeoff weight of 3,300 kilograms and a useful load capacity of 750 kilograms.