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ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)

ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)


On 21 March, Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc (Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayi A.Ş., TUSAŞ) has released video of the first flight of ANKA-AKSUNGUR twin-engine medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Anka Aksungur UAV is a twin-engine version of ANKA UAV with high load capacity at medium altitude has flown for 4 hours 20 minutes. This unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is powered by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) PD170 engine. Turkish Aerospace Industries continues its efforts to meet the country’s demand for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems.

ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)

ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)


At this moment, full specifications, including weight, the device has not been disclosed. But according to the current information, the new Turkish UAV should have a payload mass of 750 kg (including armament), a working ceiling of 40 thousand feet (12,000 m) and a flight duration of more than 24 hours. The UAV is equipped with a useful reconnaissance load of Turkish production (the lead developer is the Aselsan company) and a satellite communications system via the Turkish TURKSAT satellites.
ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)

ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)


The TAI Anka is a family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces. The Anka MALE UAV system can perform all weather, day / night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, tracking of fixed and stationary targets, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and communications relay. The drone is named after a phoenix-like mythological creature called Zümrüd-ü Anka (Anka kuşu in Turkish.)
ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)

ANKA Aksungur Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)

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KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system

KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system


Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Group, maker of the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle has unveiled an unmanned combat aerial system KYB (Cube) UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Kalashnikov Group and ZALA AERO Group introduced new smart weapon – unmanned combat aerial system KYB (Cube) at IDEX 2019. The new system precisely hits ground targets, delivering a specific payload to target coordinates. The target coordinates are specified manually or acquired from payload targeting image.

KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system

KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system


KYB-UAV is designed to destroy remote ground targets from a distance of up to 40 miles (64 km) away by blowing itself up like a suicide aircraft. The unmanned aerial vehicle delivers special load to the manually set target coordinates or to the image from the guidance target load. The Russian kamikaze drone flies at speeds of up to 80mph (130kph), stay in the air for up to 30 minutes and can carry a payload of explosives up to 3kg (7lbs), Kalashnikov claims. The small aircraft measures 48″x37″x6.5″ and can be sent to its target by putting in the coordinates manually, or via a payload targeting image.
KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system

KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system


“This is an extremely precise and very effective weapon, incredibly hard to fight by traditional air defense systems,” said Sergey Chemezov, head of Russia’s Rostec, which owns the Kalashnikov Group. “The explosive can be delivered to target regardless of how well hidden it is. It operates ‘regardless of hidden terrains, at both high and low altitude,” he added. Russia’s Kalashnikov drone is about to be rolled-out across the military after “successfully completing” trials.
KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system

KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system


ZALA AERO (also called A-Level Aerosystems) is a leading Russian developer and manufacturer of unmanned airborne systems, located in Izhevsk, Russia. ZALA Aero has provided UAV systems for several sectors of the Russian government, including the Ministry of Defence, and has also won contracts to supply UAVs to foreign countries. Currently a large-scale project for UAVs is being developed for tender to the Russian government. Originally, twelve Russian companies submitting 22 different types of unmanned aircraft were involved in the competition. Since January 2015, ZALA AERO is part of JSC Kalashnikov Concern.
KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system

KYB UAV unmanned combat aerial system

MBDA MMP is cold weather qualified

MBDA MMP is cold weather qualified


In early 2019, the DGA (French Procurement Agency) and the French Army (STAT) organised a campaign to test the MMP land combat missile in extreme cold conditions. Performed on the Swedish state firing range at Vidsel, located near the Arctic Circle with temperatures between -15 °C and -30 °C, the cold weather campaign of the MMP was a complete success. Three firing scenarios, representative of the operational uses of the MMP at long range, were successfully completed. In each case the missile successfully hit its target, confirming in particular the smooth operation of the system’s image processing algorithms under typical winter and subpolar conditions (snowy background).

MBDA MMP land combat missile system

MBDA MMP land combat missile system

  • The first scenario was made in LOBL mode (Lock On Before Launch) on a vehicle moving at 70 km/h.
  • The second scenario successfully engaged a cave target in low trajectory and in LOBL mode.
  • The third scenario, using the Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) mode, was made using GPS coordinates transmitted by the FELIN system (French Army Digitized Soldier System). Lock-on was achieved during flight against a tank not visible from the launch position. The tank was then successfully struck on its roof.

MBDA MMP land combat missile system

MBDA MMP land combat missile system


The campaign has confirmed the robustness of the equipment used in extreme conditions of negative temperatures. It also has confirmed the system’s ease of use and good ergonomics (compatibility with the cold weather infantry equipment for example), in highly demanding conditions for the equipment and for the user. This campaign complements the technical and operational evaluation of the system conducted by the French army and the DGA since the start of deliveries at the end of 2017, in particular following the hot weather campaign carried out in Djibouti last August. In service in the French army since 2018, the MMP is to date the only 5th generation land combat missile of the world to be deployed in military theaters of operations.
MBDA MMP land combat missile system

MBDA MMP land combat missile system


MMP is the latest (fifth) generation land combat missile system designed for dismounted infantry as well as for integration on combat vehicles. The weapons effectiveness has also been proven on small naval craft as well. Featuring both fire-and-forget and man-in-the-loop operation, network-enabled MMP also receives third party target designation for indirect firing scenarios. MMP has a multi-purpose warhead with the selectable choice of anti-armor of anti-infrastructure modes. Missile Moyenne Portée (Medium-Range Missile/MMP) is a French man-portable anti-tank guided missile. It was developed by MBDA Missile Systems and is intended as a replacement for their MILAN and Javelin anti-tank missiles in service with the French Army and special forces from 2017.
MBDA MMP land combat missile system

MBDA MMP land combat missile system

Raytheon's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar to begin live testing at Wallops Island Test Facility

Raytheon’s Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar to begin live testing at Wallops Island Test Facility

Raytheon Company’s Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar just took a 12-hour trip down the Eastern Seaboard. EASR, the newest sensor in the U.S. Navy’s SPY-6 family of radars, recently completed subsystem testing at Raytheon’s Near Field Range in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The 6′ x 6′ rotating array was wrapped, loaded onto a flatbed truck and eventually crane-lifted onto a 100 foot test tower at the Surface Combat Systems Center at Wallops Island, Virginia. Once up and running, the radar will undergo system-level testing, tracking a variety of aircraft through the end of 2019.

The Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, or EASR, is the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships, providing simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare, electronic protection and air traffic control capabilities. EASR is the Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships that provides simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare, electronic protection and air traffic control capabilities.

Raytheon's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar to begin live testing at Wallops Island Test Facility

Raytheon’s Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar to begin live testing at Wallops Island Test Facility


“Going from ‘cold steel’ to a fully calibrated radar in less than one year is no small feat, but that’s exactly what we accomplished with EASR,” said U.S. Navy Captain Jason Hall, Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. “The scalable building block architecture developed for AN/SPY-6(V)1 enabled EASR to rapidly complete subsystem testing. We are making great strides toward delivering SPY-6 capability across the fleet.”

Raytheon is building two variants of EASR: a single-face rotating array designated AN/SPY-6(V)2 for amphibious assault ships and Nimitz class carriers, and a three fixed-face array designated AN/SPY-6(V)3 for Ford class aircraft carriers and the future FFG(X) guided missile frigates.

Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, or EASR, is the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships. Two variants are available for use. Seen here is Variant 2, a three faced, fixed array radar.

Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, or EASR, is the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships. Two variants are available for use. Seen here is Variant 2, a three faced, fixed array radar.


Both versions of EASR are built on scalable Radar Modular Assembly technology as well as a software baseline that has been matured through development and recent test successes of AN/SPY-6(V)1 the U.S. Navy’s program of record for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyers. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2′ x 2′ x 2′ box. These individual radars can integrate together to form arrays of various sizes to address any mission on any ship. EASR also adds air traffic control and weather capabilities to the mature SPY-6 software baseline.

Upon completion of system-level testing in Q4 2019, EASR will shift from the engineering and manufacturing development phase to the production phase. The 1st delivery of AN/SPY-6(V)2 to LHA-8, the America Class Amphibious Assault Ship, is on plan for 2021.

Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, or EASR, is the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships. Two variants are available for use. Seen here is Variant 1, a single face, rotating array.

Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, or EASR, is the U.S. Navy’s next generation radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships. Two variants are available for use. Seen here is Variant 1, a single face, rotating array.

SAAB Gripen Maritime

SAAB Gripen Maritime

Gripen Maritime is proposed carrier-based version based on the Gripen E. This variant has also been named Sea Gripen and Gripen M. Developed to counter and defeat advanced future threats, the E-series is for customers with more pronounced threats or wider territories to secure. The E-series has a new and more powerful engine, improved range performance and the ability to carry greater payloads. It also has a new AESA-radar, InfraRed Search and Track system, highly advanced electronic warfare and communication systems together with superior situational awareness. The E-series redefines air power for the 21st century by extending operational capabilities. Saab is establishing Gripen Maritime as its new generation carrier-based fighter for the future.

SAAB Gripen Maritime

SAAB Gripen Maritime


Intended for both CATOBAR and STOBAR operations, the Gripen Maritime size and flight/hangar deck manoeuvrability will offer a simple and robust fighter in terms of all embarked operations. In July 2017 the Brazilian Navy began studying the Saab Gripen for naval purposes by sending an attaché to the Brazilian Air Force. The Brazilian Navy is looking to replace its fleet of Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft. Its small logistics footprint and reduced spares inventory will make it significantly more maintainable and require far fewer personnel than existing fleet fighters. Gripen Maritime will meet or exceed all operational requirements for maritime nations throughout the world. The fighter can operate in high humidity and is designed to withstand the corrosive effect of salt water ingress. The GE 414G engine is fully marinised for embarked operations.
SAAB Gripen Maritime

SAAB Gripen Maritime


Saab describes the Gripen as a “swing-role aircraft”, stating that it is capable of “instantly switching between roles at the push of a button”. The human/machine interface changes when switching between roles, being optimized by the computer in response to new situations and threats. Gripen Maritime is easy to maintain – an engine change can be fully completed in less than one hour. With a highly affordable operational cost per flight hour the Gripen Maritime is an ideal match for naval requirements. Rapid pitch and roll authority as well as precision glide slope control will give Gripen Maritime pilots an ideal platform for safe and steady deck landings. Gripen Maritime will benefit from the same reliability, maintainability and testability as existing versions of the aircraft. This will mean fewer failures, reduced downtime, short turnaround times, low lifecycle support costs and maximised availability for the aircraft’s operators.
SAAB Gripen Maritime

SAAB Gripen Maritime


Gripen Maritime is compatible with a number of different armaments, beyond the aircraft’s single 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon (omitted on the two-seat variants), including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missilesand anti-ship missiles. Equipped with 10 weapon stations, Gripen Maritime can be armed with the RBS15 air-to-surface missile system, as well as the METEOR Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). In flight, the Gripen is typically capable of carrying up to 6,500 kg (14,330 lb) of assorted armaments and equipment.[114] Equipment includes external sensor pods for reconnaissance and target designation, such as Rafael’s LITENING targeting pod, Saab’s Modular Reconnaissance Pod System, or Thales’ Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod. The extensive international weapon clearances to date will offer a very wide choice of capability in all roles. Additionally, any specific weapons required by the user nation can be easily integrated onto Gripen Maritime.

IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition


The Mini Harpy is a loitering munition produced by Israel Aerospace Industries. The Mini Harpy combines the capabilities of IAI’s two flagship loitering munitions, the Harop and the Harpy, bringing together the ability to lock on to radiation-emitting threats like radar with man-in-the-loop electro-optical guidance, the Company said in a release. The suicide drone, like its larger counterpart, flies over an area until a target is spotted. Upon detection, the system locks in on the threat and attacks it for a quick, lethal closure. The system was designed to provide operators with control up to the last moment, including cessation of attack at any stage

IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition

IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition


The Mini Harpy is a tactical system that can be launched from land, marine and helicopter-borne platforms. The system was designed to provide operators with maximum control, including abort and re-attack capabilities. Electrically powered, it can loiter quietly in ranges of up to 100 km for up to two hours. The Mini Harpy weighs 45 kg and can carry a shaped charge of approx. 8 kg (17.6-pound). The mini Harpy combines the capabilities of IAI’s Harop and the Harpy. The Harpy can carry a 32-kilogram (70-pound) warhead while the Harop has a 23-kilogram (51-pound) warhead and a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).
IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition

IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition


Boaz Levy, Executive VP and General Manager of IAI Systems, Missiles & Space Group, said, “In an age of asymmetrical warfare and fast moving targets that ‘blink’ for a few seconds at a time, the use of loitering munitions provides strong capabilities for closing the fire loop. Rather than relying on precise reference points, the system we developed loiters in the air waiting for the target to appear and then attacks and destroys the hostile threat within seconds. The Mini Harpy is unique in its beam detection and optical capabilities, a combination of two of our loitering munition systems that sold thousands of units in Israel and abroad.”
IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition

IAI Mini Harpy loitering munition

Work starts integrating next generation Meteor and Spear onto UK F-35 Fleet

BAE Systems has received an initial funding award from Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the F-35 programme, to start integration efforts for MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and SPEAR precision surface attack missile. Under this initial package of work BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin will also complete further integration work with MBDA on ASRAAM and with Raytheon on Paveway® IV, initially integrated in support of delivering Initial Operating Capability for the UK. Meteor and SPEAR are advanced weapons that complement the ‘5th gen’ F-35, bringing networked capability with stand-off – both weapons are key elements of the UK’s carrier strike capability in the future.

Tom Fillingham, Senior Vice-President – US Programmes of BAE Systems, said: “BAE Systems engineers played a crucial role in supporting the UK to achieve Initial Operating Capability for its F-35 fleet. Now, working alongside our partners including Lockheed Martin and MBDA, we are using our expertise to take that capability even further with advanced weapons systems such as Meteor and SPEAR. We are extremely proud of the critical contribution UK engineers are playing for both the UK and the global F-35 fleet through the development, production and sustainment of the aircraft.”

MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile

MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile


Cliff Waldwyn, Head of Combat Air, Group Business Development of MBDA, said: “This is a significant milestone for the UK Combat Air’s capability. This initial package of work officially commences the integration of Meteor and SPEAR and will enhance the operational capability of the UK’s Lightning Force in the future; it is also a positive step for the wider F-35 enterprise as it adds additional capability choice for international customers. MBDA’s integration team have worked well with our BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin colleagues and we plan to build on this excellent foundation into the future on this follow-on modernisation work.”

Last year, a pilot from 17 Squadron, the RAF’s F-35 Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California took to the skies for the first time with UK weapons, including ASRAAM and Paveway® IV.
This followed work carried out during the F-35 programme’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) initial testing phase to develop and certify weapons capabilities by an integrated test team. This team includes Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Raytheon and MBDA, working alongside the UK Air Warfare Centre to clear weapons for Operational Testing by RAF/RN pilots.

MBDA’s SPEAR precision surface attack missile

MBDA’s SPEAR precision surface attack missile