Ankara, Turkey – Turkish UCAV will change balances in the Aegean and Mediterranean. The success of domestic and national UCAV, which became a terrorist nightmare, resonated widely in the Greek press. The power reached by Turkey is unsettling for the Greeks. Turkey can move on to a style of use that has never been seen before for the Aegean and Mediterranean.
The operational success of Turkish UCAV produced with domestic and national facilities has garnered great appreciation from all over the world. The Greek press, which closely follows the Turkish defense industry, also gave UCAV a wide place on its agenda.
The struggle of unmanned aerial vehicles against naval or amphibious elements has not been seriously witnessed until now. There were ways of use that Turkey has not witnessed in previous operations and operations. But Turkey has succeeded in using its UCAV against both regular and non-regular elements for very different goals in very different concepts.
These elements are sometimes made up of terrorist organizations, that is, surrogate elements, while sometimes they are made up of relatively regular elements. The successful use of these systems against these two very different structures also showed how flexibly these systems can be positioned.
Turkish UCAVs have proven their rushes in the spring shield operation and other operations:
Turkey’s ability to use unmanned systems in a very flexible and effective way in very different areas leads to the possibility of using them in the Aegean and Mediterranean in an unprecedented way. Of course, this is a situation that will make Greece or other elements in the region nervous.”
Underlining that Turkish UCAV can also be a threat to marine elements in favorable conditions:
It is always much more accurate to evaluate unmanned aerial systems as a whole. The effectiveness of the munitions used in these systems is an element that increases the level of deterrence of these systems. The main reason for this is that it provides the flexibility to make decisions instantly and implement this decision.
In order to turn this situation into an advantage, a joint working structure must be implemented, in which different elements are also involved. Unmanned systems are always relatively easy targets for air defense elements. But as we have seen various examples in Syria and Libya, this can also be reversed with the correct positioning of these systems.
If all this is put at the bottom, unmanned aerial systems can pose a serious threat to marine or amphibious systems with relatively limited areas of movement, if appropriate conditions are formed.
An UCAV who can fire a SOM missile changes the equation
Turkey is working on launching SOM missiles from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, positioning such cruise missiles on air vehicles can have very serious consequences in the field.
At the heart of these effects lies the ability of unmanned aerial systems to close their weak points. There are many reasons for these weak points. First, as mentioned earlier, unmanned aerial vehicles are an easy target for air defense systems in this concept. The main reason for this is that intelligence, reconnaissance, target acquisition and surveillance capability can be used close to threat elements or hot conflict zones. After all, the imaging systems here also have an effective range.
Another point is that UCAV can perform missions close to the target because of the ammunition they have. These basic two points stand out as the weakest points of these systems. If you have the ability to use ammunition with an effective range of more than 250 kilometers, such as SOM, if you can use these tools jointly, as the TAF does, you will close the most basic weak point.
With the use of SOM-J in UCAV, it can be destroyed without approaching the target. From this point of view, the positioning of cruise missiles such as SOM on unmanned aerial vehicles will be a game changer.