Aksungur, a domestically produced medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial car (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), accomplished a 28-hour-long flight Thursday. It was the primary time the plane flew with a payload at an altitude of 20,000 toes (6,096 meters).
TAI confirmed the brand new achievement on Twitter. “Aksungur, the home and nationwide product of our nation, flew for the primary time with full ammunition, 12 MAM-L (Smart Micro Munition), at an altitude of 20,000 toes for 28 hours,” the assertion learn.
TAI additionally shared a video of the flight.
Aksungur can carry as much as 750 kilograms (1,654 kilos) of payload and is able to long-endurance operations at an altitude of as much as 40,000 toes.
The UAV most just lately broke a report throughout its 59th scan flight by staying within the air for 49 hours, TAI introduced on Sept. 2.
Loaded in all six stations, Aksungur carried out the 28-hour mission with 12 MAM-Ls for the primary time.
The MAM-L, developed by main Turkish protection contractor Roketsan, got here to the fore after media and protection sources reported that Turkish drones used smart ammunition to neutralize enemy targets, together with tanks, howitzers and Russian-made air protection programs, throughout its counterterrorism operations and retaliatory strikes in opposition to the Bashar Assad regime in Syria.
Aksungur beforehand carried and test-fired MK-82 ammunition with a Teber steering package weighing round 250 kilograms. It was the primary drone to make use of Teber. The Teber steering package, additionally developed by Roketsan, converts typical bombs into precision smart ammunition.