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UCAV developments dovetail with evolving Turkish Navy operational concepts

19th May 2021 - 16:38 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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Bayraktar TB2 dropping MAM-L. (Photo: Baykar)

Turkish naval tactics are on the cusp of change by applying UCAV stand-off attack capabilities.

Progress in domestic UAV production is aiding efforts by the Turkish Navy to develop CONOPS involving UCAVs. 

The navy first applied a form of manned-unmanned teaming in March during the Blue Homeland exercise, when a Bayraktar TB2 UCAV hit a training target with MAM-L smart micromunition from the maximum range (15km).

This was the first time the Turkish Navy used a UCAV to hit a sea target in close cooperation with crewed assets.

Another guided-munition test firing occurred in the Black Sea on 25 April, involving an Aksungur MALE UCAV from Turkish Aerospace Industries.

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Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

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