President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the kamikaze configuration of the TUSAŞ ŞİMŞEK UAV will be delivered in 2023 in the program he attended in A Haber.
President of the Presidency of Defense Industries, İsmail Demir, shared on his Twitter account on October 21, 2021, that the ŞİMŞEK UAV was transformed into a 'missile' that hits long-range targets with GPS-guided autonomous flight. İsmail Demir's congratulations to ROKETSAN as well as TUSAŞ in the post indicates that ROKETSAN is also involved in this work. It is possible that ROKETSAN has carried out studies on the warhead and guidance system.
In another post he made on June 17, 2021, İsmail Demir shared the images of the tests in which the ŞİMŞEK UAV was dropped from ANKA to certain points and stated that the work on increasing the capabilities of the UAV will continue, as well as the development of the UAV platform.
FIRE study from TUSAŞ that can fly a lot and target aircraft at supersonic speed
During the EFES-2022 Combined, Joint Actual Fire Field Exercise, TAI Deputy General Manager Dr. Ömer Yıldız made a special statement to Defense Turk regarding the ultrasonic target aircraft system, which was exhibited for the first time to the public at the TAI stand:
“We need a target aircraft flying at high speed, at supersonic speed. We are developing a faster version of the ŞİMŞEK aircraft you see here, especially for a target aircraft that can simulate high-speed missiles at supersonic speeds. Our goal with this was also to accelerate to supersonic speed. On these aircraft, there is equipment that we call radar cross section enhancer, which can make itself appear larger up to ten square meters.
We can communicate continuously with the link systems on our planes. When we launch our target aircraft over ANKA, the target aircraft can transmit data to the ground at ANKA. This is how we can transmit images from the cameras on our target aircraft to the ground. Our target aircraft, which can currently reach 0.9 mach speeds, is planning to reach 1.1 to 1.4 mach speeds. We can also transfer images from ANKA to the infantry on the ground. Our development work on ŞİMŞEK continues. In this direction, we are working with different engine options and a lot of flight in fours.”
Günceleme: 04/11/2022 11:51