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siegecrossbow

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Yes, it is planned to be equipped with AESA radar and air-to-air missiles. We should see them tested this year if everything goes right. The MIUS (2023) and the supersonic (wingman) UCAV (2025) will also feature radar+air-to-air capability.

This might be a good option for intercepting other drones. Saudi has been blowing millions of dollars down Houthi drones with F-15s/Eurofighters and MRAAMs when cheaper missiles/platforms could've sufficed.
 

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Minister of defence announced ramjet air-to-air missile under development by Tubitak-Sage, named Gokhan.


"Within the scope of the protocol signed between the Ministry of National Defense and ASFAT, the delivery ceremony of 1000 HGK-82 precision guidance kits, with the technical support of TÜBİTAK SAGE, under the main contractor of ASFAT, with the Minister of National Defense Akar, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler. It was held at the 3rd Air Maintenance Factory Directorate with the participation of the Force Commanders.

In the program, it was announced that the name of the RamJet Engine Air Missile developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE is 'GÖKHAN'."



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More specifically, the minister said that they are eagerly waiting for the missile to enter the inventory. This may indicate that the missile has been under development for a while. This is quite a twist because the head of Tubitak-Sage said they were not developing a solid-fuel ramjet engine (like on the meteor). Is this missile going to use liquid fuel, or were they hiding this until now?
 
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TURKISH AEROSPACE EARNS SPOT IN BOEING PREMIER BIDDER PROGRAM​


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Ankara, June 24, 2021 – Today, Turkish Aerospace announced it earned a spot in the Boeing Premier Bidder Program.
The program recognizes and rewards consistently high-performing Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Global Services suppliers, strengthening Boeing’s collective performance and commitment to safety, quality and integrity.
The program provides Premier Bidder members with an opportunity to increase their business with Boeing, including visibility of upcoming bids and an invitation to program conferences with key leadership.
Turkish Aerospace President and CEO Prof. Temel Kotil said: “Earning a spot in BOEING’s Premier Bidder Program makes our collaboration special. We have been working with Boeing, for many years and consider them a strategic partner. It is an honor to earn spot in the Premier Bidder Program. At Turkish Aerospace, we are proud of our team’s commitment to delivering quality products on time.”
Turkish Aerospace makes the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Elevator, Cargo Barrier and Horizontal Leading Edge. Throughout 2020 Turkish Aerospace consistently had a quality and delivery rating of Gold for these programs.
Turkish Aerospace joins approximately 140 suppliers that have met and sustained the high-quality, delivery and performance criteria required for inclusion in the Premier Bidder Program.

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Turkish signature in cannonshells of Bangladesh


According to the information obtained by the AA correspondent, a new cooperation has been added to the cooperation in the field of defense industry with the agreement signed between Turkey and Bangladesh under the auspices of the Presidency of Defense Industries and the Bangladesh Prime Ministry Armed Forces Unit as a result of an interstate agreement.

A Turnkey 105 and 155 millimeter Cannonball Body and Shell Production Line Establishment Agreement was signed between REPKON, which specializes in the metal forming industry and can establish turnkey production facilities, and Bangladesh Engineering Factories.

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REPKON Business Development and Corporate Communications Specialist Uğur Cem Gürpınar told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Bangladesh, like many friendly and allied countries, preferred REPKON because of its technology that is ahead of its competitors in the world. Gürpınar, "REPKON will continue to contribute to the country's economy with the export of high value-added products, in addition to the works it has developed on behalf of our country locally and nationally." said.

Machines capable of precision production
REPKON, which offers superior technological solutions with its studies in the metal forming sector for more than 40 years, attracts attention in the country and abroad with its strategic products for the defense, aerospace and aerospace industries.

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REPKON is capable of producing high precision parts for the defense, aerospace and aerospace industries with its capabilities developed in strategic technologies such as flowforming, which is a cold process, shearforming, rotational cold forging for barrel production and hot spinning. manufactures machines. The company also carries out mass production of these critical parts.

REPKON stands out in the metal forming industry with its critical "flowforming" technology, which very few countries in the world have, especially in the production of rotationally symmetrical parts.

In this way, the company has come to the point where it can offer a unique solution to the implicit or open embargoes in different caliber barrel and rocket body manufacturing.

Having successfully completed the delivery of many projects in its exports to allied countries, the company signed a partnership agreement with Titomic for barrel production in Australia this year.
 

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A contract was signed with ASELSAN for the new Radar System Project

A Mobile Tower and Mobile Low Altitude Air Traffic Radar System Project contract was signed between ASELSAN and the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB).

In the notification made by ASELSAN to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) on June 23, 2021, it was announced that a contract with a value of 52.000.000 USD and 115.000.000 TL was signed. The contract in question was signed between SSB and ASELSAN, and deliveries are planned between 2026 and 2027.

In the notification made to PDP by ASELSAN,

“A contract with a total value of 52.000.000,- USD and 115.000.000,- TL was signed between ASELSAN and the Presidency of Defense Industries regarding the Mobile Tower and Mobile Low Altitude Air Traffic Radar System Project. Within the scope of the said contract, deliveries will be made between 2026 and 2027. This statement was made based on the permission dated 22 June 2021 obtained from the Presidency of Defense Industries.


Mobile Air Traffic Radar System Project
Mobile Tower (MK) and Mobile Low Altitude Air Traffic (MAİHT) Radar System Project It is aimed to provide low altitude air traffic control service, to monitor the separations between aircraft, traffic and flight branches, and to ensure flight safety by the K.K.K.

Scope: 4 Mobile Towers and 2 Mobile Low Altitude Air Traffic Control Radars

Main/Subcontractor: ASELSAN A.Ş.

Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower
The Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower cabin can be mounted on 6×6 tactical vehicles. The cabin of the Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower can be fed by the 10 kVA diesel generator in the skid structure placed on the tactical vehicle, as well as being fed with the mains voltage. It also has a total of 6 kVA uninterruptible power supply for the uninterrupted operation of the system inside the Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower cabin.


ASELSAN Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower
The fact that the Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower can be set up and assembled quickly, responds quickly to the operational needs of the user. The Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower has active lightning protection and aircraft warning light at its highest point, via a telescopic mast.

All radio antennas are located on the Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower cabin and are suitable for easy disassembly and assembly. All controls of the radios can be made by means of 2 Operator Control Units in the Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower.

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First batch of the 1000 HGK-82 contract delivered. The rest will be delivered by August 2022. Turkey now has 3 different production lines (Aselsan, ASFAT, Kale) for various guided bombs for 3000 pieces annual production rate.

Turkey aims for 75-80% military indigenization rate by 2023:

"With the leadership, support and incentives of our President, our local and nationality rate in our high-tech defense industry has now exceeded 70 percent. Our goal is to increase this rate to 75-80% in 2023. We will continue to do what is necessary for this.”

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Some important specs about the HGK-82:

"Hit with 0.9 Meter Precision

According to the information obtained by SavunmaSanayiST.com, who followed the ceremony from its place; The 3rd HİBM Command produced 5 HGK-82 Guidance Kits in the first phase. Various qualification shots were carried out with these 5 HGK-82 produced. While the project criteria was 10 meters, the first four shots were under 3 meters and the last shot was recorded with a precision of 0.9 meters.

These HGK-82s produced have a special importance as the national GPS receiver KAŞİF, also produced by TÜBİTAK-SAGE, is used for the first time instead of its US counterpart. With the use of the National GPS Receiver KAŞİF, the locality rate of HGK-82 reached up to 80%."

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Fair enough, but I don't quite see the point then, with Akinci already occupying that niche. If you wanted more endurance and/or payload, it'd probably be more straightforward to modify the latter, think Reaper -> CPB (more span, MTOW increase, keep the engines). You'd also risk losing parts commonality with Anka (AFAIK, the forward fuselage is unified between both).

Generally speaking, Baykar and TAI product ranges are nicely complementary without much overlap (strongly indicating that the efforts were coordinated by the customer, as pointed out earlier).

The Akinci is a good armed drone. The Aksungur is a good surveillance drone. IMHO Turkey definitely needs a larger surveillance vehicle. They do not need a larger armed drone. So the question is, would the Akinci make a better surveillance platform or the Aksungur.

I am of the view that the twin boom design of the Aksungur is more promising and might be more easily enlarged than the Akinci. Already the Aksungur has a 4 meter larger wingspan in an airframe that is 25% lighter (at MTOW) than the Akinci and with only half as powerful engines. It achieves greater range and endurance of 49 hours compared to the 24 hour endurance of the Akinci while being a smaller vehicle.

The central fuselage also has a clean 360 degree view. Unlike the Akinci it should be possible to mount both forward and rear looking radar on the fuselage (when enlarged), and the twin booms can mount large side looking arrays. It has a SIGINT and an MPA/ASW variant in development. An enlarged variant will be able to carry more powerful versions of the same SIGINT and ASW suites.

The Akinci's advantages lie in its higher speed and larger weapon carrying capability. But an enlarged Aksungur would probably have more internal volume available for mission suites.
 

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The Akinci is a good armed drone. The Aksungur is a good surveillance drone. IMHO Turkey definitely needs a larger surveillance vehicle. They do not need a larger armed drone. So the question is, would the Akinci make a better surveillance platform or the Aksungur.

I am of the view that the twin boom design of the Aksungur is more promising and might be more easily enlarged than the Akinci. Already the Aksungur has a 4 meter larger wingspan in an airframe that is 25% lighter (at MTOW) than the Akinci and with only half as powerful engines. It achieves greater range and endurance of 49 hours compared to the 24 hour endurance of the Akinci while being a smaller vehicle.

The central fuselage also has a clean 360 degree view. Unlike the Akinci it should be possible to mount both forward and rear looking radar on the fuselage (when enlarged), and the twin booms can mount large side looking arrays. It has a SIGINT and an MPA/ASW variant in development. An enlarged variant will be able to carry more powerful versions of the same SIGINT and ASW suites.

The Akinci's advantages lie in its higher speed and larger weapon carrying capability. But an enlarged Aksungur would probably have more internal volume available for mission suites.
The Aksungur is definitely more useful in recon role. I doubt the extra speed of Akinci makes it more survivable. Both are slow and very vulnerable if their electronic countermeasures are defeated. Akinci is an interesting project indeed. It is like the Reaper but it also has a lot of extra features like AESA radar, air-to-air engagement and cruise missile launching capability. I think the real purpose of Akinci is conserving the lifespan of the F-16s in the plethora of low-intensity warfare Turkey currently participates in.
Also, I think the diversity of drones in the Turkish arsenal is very impressive. Turkey currently fields 2 different indigenous kamikaze drones (Kargu, Alpagu), 3 mini recon UAVs (Bayraktar Mini, Gözcü, Togan), 2 MALE (TB-2, Anka), 2 HALE (Aksungur, Akinci). There are others in development too such as Saka (Micro UAV), Kargı (Large Kamikaze), MIUS and Göksungur (Jet powered), Songar (Mini UAV with a machine gun) and TB-3. There are also a few more I didn't list because of their current lack of prospects. Turkey simply blows away everyone except the USA and China in the diversity of military UAVs
 

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