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IDEF 2021: 'Turkish DARPA' targets live tests for Kuzgun

19th August 2021 - 16:00 GMT | by Hakan Kılıç in Istanbul

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The Kuzgun family of guided munitions from TÜBİTAK-SAGE. (Photo: Hakan Kılıç)

TÜBİTAK-SAGE displays modular guided munitions and guidance kits at IDEF 2021.

Turkish defence R&D company TÜBİTAK-SAGE exhibited a new family of guided munitions and new-generation guidance kits at IDEF 2021 on 17-20 August in Istanbul.

The Kuzgun series of guided munitions features a variety of warhead (fragmentation, thermobaric, general-purpose and penetrator), guidance method (INS/GPS or only INS) and seeker (imaging infrared - IIR, millimetre-wave radar or laser) options.

TÜBİTAK-SAGE claims that the modular Kuzgun family is cost-effective and suitable for multiple-attack and high-precision strike missions with minimal collateral damage. It intends to run live-fire tests with Kuzgun before the end of 2021.

Kuzgun-TJ is expected to have a turbojet engine and a range of 135nmi (or 97nmi when fired from an armed UAV), while Kuzgun SS is a free-fall model with a range of 60mni (or 20nmi from an unmanned aircraft).

TÜBİTAK-SAGE has experience in the field of guided munitions — examples include the KGK wing-assisted guidance kit that ‘converts existing unguided 1,000lb MK83 and 500lb MK82 general purpose bombs into long-range, air to ground smart weapons’, it notes on its website.

In other developments, Shephard understands that the first Turkish-made air-to-air missiles (AAM) are about to go on sale. TÜBİTAK-SAGE produces two types: the short-range Bozdoğan and the beyond visual range Gökdoğan missile.

Firing tests of both solid fuel-powered missiles are in progress.

Bozdoğan was designed as a Turkish equivalent to the AIM-9X Sidewinder AAM, with features such as a high-resolution IIR seeker that provides an ...

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