Love the scimitar propellers and the canted design of the wings. Makes it look Batman-ish. The focus on improving indigenous defence capabilities is really impressive and it is something I reiterate here (much to the chagrin of some of my fellow countrymen here). Turkey has made remarkable progress in your UAV programs and it is evident.
Thanks for your kind words.Love the scimitar propellers and the canted design of the wings. Makes it look Batman-ish. The focus on improving indigenous defence capabilities is really impressive and it is something I reiterate here (much to the chagrin of some of my fellow countrymen here). Turkey has made remarkable progress in your UAV programs and it is evident.
The biggest credit goes to your defense ministry & bureaucrats to convince your president to focus on this sector as a viable economic growth engine.
Finally some legit specs , I had read some others too ,but most were just unrealistic .General characteristics
- Capacity: * Payload:2,976 lb (1,350 kg)
- Internal: 881 lb (400 kg)
- External: 2,094 lb (950 kg)
- Length: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 in)
- Wingspan: 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
- Height: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)
- Max takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko-Progress Motor Sich AI-450T turboprop engines, 560 kW (750 hp) each
- Propellers: 5-bladed composite constant-speed propelled
- Endurance: 24 hours
- Service ceiling: 12,192 m (40,000 ft)
- Hardpoints:6 with provisions to carry combinations of:
The Akinci drone is equipped with indigenous active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a SAR/GMTI radar, a surveillance system, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence suite (SIGINT), and SATCOM allowing Akinci to become an UCAV as well as ISTAR+C3 asset for Turkish military.
- National AESA Radar
- Aselsan Common Aperture Targeting System
- Electronic Warfare Pod
Note: Payload capacity is updated to 1500kg and MTOW 6000kg. The drone can also engage aerial targets.
We did. India was sanctioned after our nuclear tests in 1998. That's what pushed the projects like HAL Tejas, GTRE Kaveri jet engine, a slew of indigenous radar programs, Arjun MBT, complete self-reliance in the space sector, etc.Thanks for your kind words.
As for convincing people to develop indigenous UAVs, just read this thread from 2010,
Published: 14 Jun 2010 16:36 ANKARA - The six Israeli-made Heron UAVs stationed at an air base near Turkey's Iraqi and Iranian borders have ceased flying since Israeli operators left the base amid Turkish-Israeli tensions. The state-run Anatolia News Agency quoted Defense Minister Vecdi...defenceforumindia.com
We direly needed drones for counter-terrorism operations on our south-eastern border. A TB2 drone cost 400$/hour and an F16 cost 16000$/hour to fly. And using the fighter jets wasn't effective. But we were denied the drones time after time. And even when we got a few(Heron) from Israel they wouldn't work, they wouldn't deliver parts. So the drones were grounded most of the time. After all these developments we didn't need much persuasion. Our "allies" did that themselves. Today, Israel can't come anywhere close to Turkish UAV programs. And when we fly MIUS in 2023, the competition(with Israel) will be all over.
Therefore, If you(Indians) want to realize your true potential you should experience the bitter taste of sanctions(military). You should feel cornered. Then you'd see how quickly things change. And public will demand the best from the indigenous defense sector. You won't need any convincing from that point on.
This is their first AESA radar and it looks like they have patch antennas there. Well it's good for drones, light combat jets and all but not good enough for an f16 MLU or TFX. Can't make out if it's a GaN or GaAs basedDesigning is what I understand , what about production , who supplied the machines and all
This Radar is Called Aselsan EIRS (Early Warning RADAR System). It has been developed by a Turkish company called Aselsan.
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