How Turkish defense industry continues boosting its capabilities | Daily Sabah – Daily Sabah
Following Turkish drones’ hunt for the Syrian regime’s Russian-made air defense systems, the Pantsir S1 (or SA-22 Greyhound), during the Idlib campaign in February, and following the destruction of around nine Pantsir air defense systems at the hands of Turkey’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Libya during Ankara’s May intervention in the country, the advancement of the country’s defense industry has garnered greater attention in the international arena.
In fact, Turkey has gained the attention of various experts, who ponder if Turkey might have become the Middle East’s drone superpower.
You probably might agree with this already, but the country, which continues to make investments in its growing military sector, has set its sights on yet greater ambitions. Today, some even argue that Turkey now rivals the U.S. and the U.K. as the world’s most prolific user of killer drones.
Most recently, professor Ismail Demir, the president of Defense Industries of the Republic of Turkey, tweeted that the company’s Aksungur UAV, manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has gained new capabilities.
Accordingly, Aksungur UAVs have successfully tested a combat load on F-16 fighter jets, MK-81 and MK-82 general-purpose bombs, with Teber laser guidance equipment.
The Teber, produced by ROKETSAN, is a 2.6-meter-long (8.5 feet) laser guidance kit that weighs 270 kilograms (595 pounds). Converting bombs into precision smart weapons using Inertial Navigation System (INS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and Semi-Active Laser (SAL), the device can successfully hit a target at a range of 28 kilometers (17 miles), releasing a