AKSUNGUR UAV, which was developed by Turkish Aviation and Space Industry with the experience gained from ANKA Medium Altitude - Long Air Stay (MALE) class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle project, made its first flight on March 20, 2019. Having two PD-170 Turbodizel Engines developed by TUSAS Engine Industry (TEI) with national facilities, AKSUNGUR can work at 40.000ft altitude and can stay in the air for 40 hours. AKSUNGUR with 24 meter wingspan, 3300 kilogram maximum take-off weight and 750 kilogram payload capacity; During the Assault / Naval Patrol Mission, it can stay in the air for 750 hours at an altitude of 25.000ft with an external load of 12 kilograms.
Turkey's first Mark series general purpose bombs carrying capacity with AKSUNGUR one of unmanned aerial vehicles in Turkey is currently the only Turkish Air Force since it will perform some of their duties assault Located capability of combat aircraft in the inventory of vital importance. Thanks to AKSUNGUR, it is planned to save the fighter lives of the fighter jets in the Turkish Air Force inventory. While the aircraft body, wing and landing gear are newly developed for the program, the new UAV maintains its common features with the Phoenix family, especially in terms of interior systems and avionics . In addition, the in-service model can be fly using the existing ground control station. Aksungur is the biggest aircraft produced by TUSAS to date. It is designed to be used as Long-term surveillance, intelligence, naval patrol missions or unmanned aerial combat vehicle.
The PD170 has a maximum continuous power output of 170 hp, while the new planned version will be able to reach a rating of 222 hp, according to TEI, meeting the power demands of the newer and more power-demanding UAV. The new version of the UAV is not yet on contract, a company spokesperson told AIN, noting that Turkish Aerospace knows the market and recognizes that it was worthwhile internally funding the development of the twin-engine design. Test flights will continue throughout this year, ahead of expected field trials with potential customers in 2020, he said, and weapons will also be integrated onto Aksungur in the last quarter of 2019.
Turkish Aerospace’s newest twin-engine Aksungur version of its Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is expected to be integrated with the domestically-developed PD170 powerplant by the end of 2019, as the company rapidly powers through the development of the indigenous medium-altitude, long-endurance aircraft. Showcased for the first time at the IDEF’19 exhibition taking place in Istanbul, Aksungur carried out a first flight of just over 4 hours on March 20 powered by a German-developed engine, followed by a 3-hour flight on April 3, both of which were testing the flight characteristics and automatic takeoff and landing capability of the air vehicle, which carried no payload.
TAI planned to integrate weapons packages and put Aksungur into mass production in 2020.
Presented by some media as the "killer" of the T-72 and T-90, the TAI Aksungur unmanned attack aircraft, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries, is even more impressive in its merits than its predecessors. He can take on board the long-range cruise missile Roketsan SOM. The weight of its warhead is 230 kg. This more than serious warhead is capable of penetrating a tank's armor with a high probability.
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