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Turkey completes first AESA radar flight test on F-16 Ozgur with drone trials imminent “within days”

26th March 2024 - 12:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The Aselsan AESA radar will be integrated on the Turkish Air Force’s Akinci, Kizilelma and Anka III UAVs, and the F-16 and TF-X Kaan fighter jets. (Photo: Turkish MoD)

Turkey’s homegrown MURAD radar system has promised to enhance Turkish air combat missions, offering simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground functionality, enhanced target detection and EW capabilities.

Turkish defence manufacturer Aselsan’s MURAD active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar has made its maiden flight with the F-16 Ozgur. Aselsan revealed the test flight in a video posted on social media platform X, adding that the first flight with the Akinci UAS was “days away”.

As Turkey pushes forward in its pursuit of indigenous defence technologies, the integration of the MURAD radar represented a leap forward in its air combat capabilities.

Aselsan has been developing the MURAD radar since 2019 to be integrated into the Turkish Air Force’s Akinci, the F-16 and TF-X Kaan fighter jets. In the

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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