Turkey’s TAI Aksungur combat drone has successfully test-fired the indigenous KGK-SIHA-82 guided bomb, Ismail Demir, Chairman of the Defense Industries Presidency, SSB, announced on April 25.
In a statement, the drone’s manufacturer, the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), said that the live test was carried out off the Black Sea province of Sinop at an altitude of 20,000 feet.
During the live-fire test, Aksungur struck a target located 30 kilometers away with the KGK-SIHA-82 guided glide bomb, which weighs 340 kilograms.
TAI revealed that the range will be extended to 45 kilometers in an upcoming test of the KGK-SIHA-82. The glide bomb was developed by the TÜBITAK Defense Industries Research and Development Institute, SAGE.
The Aksungur, one of the largest combat drones in the Turkish arsenal, was introduced this year. The drone has a range of 6,500 kilometers and an endurance of up to 49 hours.
Earlier this week, another large Turkish combat drone, the Bayraktar Akıncı, test-fired a similar type of glide bombs, the MAM-T. The bomb has a maximum range of 30 km and is guided by GPS as well as semi-active laser.
Turkey is developing the stand-off attack capabilities of its combat drones, likely to address more advanced threats like air-defense systems, jammers and radars.
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