IDEF 2021: Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Aksungur MALE UAV

Turkish Aerospace Industries showcased the Aksungur MALE UAV during the International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF 2021, held in Istanbul from August 16 to 20.

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Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Aksungur MALE UAV 01 Aksungur at IDEF 2021 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

ANKA-AKSUNGUR is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class UAV System, capable to perform day and night Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and strike missions with EO/IR, SAR and SIGINT payloads, and a variety of air to ground weapons. ANKA-AKSUNGUR is powered by two PD-170 twin-turbocharged diesel engines enabling long endurance operations up to 40,000ft.T

Aksungur is an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the Turkish Armed Forces. Using existing technology from the TAI Anka series of drones, it is the manufacturer's largest drone with payload capacity for mission-specific equipment. It is intended to be used for long-term surveillance, signals intelligence, maritime patrol missions, or as an unmanned combat aerial vehicle.

Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Aksungur MALE UAV 03 Aksungur in flight (Picture source: TAI)

 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, 2019.

Developed by TAI with local and national facilities, AKSUNGUR has previously achieved significant success by staying in the air for 28 hours with 12 MAM-L and 49 hours without ammunition.

Recently, on April 2021, TAI Aksungur successfully drop tested KGK-SIHA-82 glide bomb.

Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Aksungur MALE UAV 02

Aksungur  presented for the first time during IDEF 2019 (Picture source: Army Recognition)