On May 24, the remains of a Turkish-made guided bomb were found near the town of Kesta in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
The bomb was equipped with the Hassas Güdüm Kiti (HGK) [ in English Precision Guidance Kit]. Developed by Turkey’s TÜBİTAK-SAGE, the kit is used to converts bombs from 227 to 907 kg into precision-guided munitions. The system is Turkey’s adoption of the US Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit.
The HGK kit is equipped with an inertial navigation system as well as a GPS receiver. Bombs equipped with the kit have a range of up to 28 km and a circular error probable of 6 meters only. The accuracy can be further improved with the addition of the CAMGÖZ semi active-laser seeker.
Its a JDAM or HGK, based on the sockets i would say its a HGK. pic.twitter.com/zwTloI401i
— Jason NATO|OTAN (@JasonNatootan) May 26, 2021
Turkish warplanes have been targeting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) hideouts near Kesta and other parts of the Kurdistan region for more than a month now in the framework of Operations Claw-Lightning and Thunderbolt.
So far, these operations, which were launched on April 23, have failed to end PKK operations against Turkish forces in Iraq and Syria.
On May 25, a drone attack, believed to be carried out by the PKK, targeted Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo. According to the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, one drone was shot down.
Turkey’s repeated military operations against the PKK are yet to bear any real results. The Kurdish guerrilla group is still operating in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Syria with much freedom.
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