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Meet the Turkish Newst 4 fighter aircraft, which will be available next year.

5 things to know about Turkey's brand-new fifth-generation fighter plane.

Turkish is prepared to compete with other countries in terms of defense products, which are anticipated to be released by the end of the year. These aircraft, which are designed for various purposes, will be used by the armed services. We shall investigate this airplane in this post.

Turkish Aerospace, Turkey’s largest aerospace producer, appears to be in for a spectacular day on May 1. These days, Western aerospace rarely introduces new aircraft models, but Turkish Aerospace is anticipated to publicly introduce at least three new products, including a new fighter, as well as provide information on improvements to current models.

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Erdogan’s aim to make Turkey a global defense supplier includes developing the country’s aviation sector. This program has also increased sales of the T-129 ATAK helicopter, Hurkus light attack aircraft, and armed uncrewed air systems like those made by Baykar and Anka. The initiatives restored interest in aerospace across the country, and policymakers are hoping that they will inspire younger people to pursue engineering degrees and advance the nation’s aerospace capabilities.

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TF-x:

The indigenous Turkish combat aircraft, TF-X, better known in Turkey as MMU, is arguably the most significant of the programs to be revealed. The fifth-generation twin-engine fighter prototype, which has been under development for more than a decade, began initial engine runs in March and could go to the skies later this year.

The TF-X, Turkey’s homegrown fifth-generation fighter aircraft named “KAAN” by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 1st in a grand celebration at TAI facilities in the Turkish capital Ankara. The single- and double-seat KAAN fighter jet is 21 meters long, has a 14-meter wingspan, and is 6 meters tall. This aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight is approximately 27,215 kg, and its two GE F110 engines have a combined thrust capacity of 76.31 kilonewtons and an afterburner thrust capacity of 131 kilonewtons. The aircraft’s top speed is 2,716 km/h, and its combat range is up to 1,100 km.

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All the technologies and characteristics seen in fifth-generation airplanes are present in KAAN. It will give the chance to strategically strike air-to-air and air-to-ground targets. Its infrastructure for safe data exchange and the use of smart weapons is entirely domestic.

Anka-3

The Anka-3, a flying-wing jet-powered unmanned combat air vehicle, is one of the several systems scheduled for introduction. Anka-3 is thought to be Turkish Aerospace’s response to rival Baykar Kizilelma’s effort to create an unmanned fighter aircraft that could replace some manned combat aircraft.

According to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, the Anka-3 UCAV, which has a jet engine, is currently being developed and will be released this year. The Anka-3 UCAV sets itself apart from earlier Anka models with its flying wing design and stealth technology. The Anka-3’s first flight is expected for May 2023.

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The CEO stated that the Anka-3’s maximum takeoff weight will be 6,500 kilograms (14,330 pounds) and that it can carry 1,200 kilograms (2,646 pounds) of payload. He stated that the aircraft’s maximum altitude is 40,000 feet and that it can stay in the air for 10 hours at 30,000 feet. Its top speed is 425 knots, and its cruise speed is 250 knots.

Kızılelma:

The “Bayraktar KIZILELMA Fighter UAV”, which is being entirely developed within Turkish borders, will likely play a significant role ahead, especially in light of the possibility that unmanned technology may dominate air combat in the future.

In order to quickly transition into new technologies that the Bayraktar KIZILELMA Fighter UAV system will deploy, Baykar is making an assessment of its extensive expertise with UAVs and UCAVs. The Bayraktar KIZILELMA Fighter UAV will be a force to be reckoned with, especially given its aggressive maneuvering skills and stealthiness against radar.

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The development and manufacturing stage of the Bayraktar Kzlelma project, which has successfully created two prototypes, is presently underway. The public will be able to observe the aircraft at Atatürk Airport from April 27 to May 1 as a part of the TEKNOFEST 2023 event. By 2024, Baykar hopes to start mass-producing its indigenous unmanned warplane.

The Kızılelma has a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 6,000 kilograms (13,200 lb), with 1,500 kg of weight available for the payload. According to data shared by the company, the Kızılelma will have an operational altitude of 35,000 feet (10,670 m).

Hurjet:
Hurjet training aircraft made history on April 25 when it completed its maiden flight, marking a significant development for the country’s aerospace industry. The Turkish Air Force is anticipated to replace its American Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft in its fleet with the Hurjet.

The Hurjet reached a maximum speed of 250 knots and an altitude of 14,000 feet during its 26-minute flight, according to the Turkish news website. A supersonic aircraft, it can travel at a top speed of more than 1.3 mach. It is a twin-seat trainer aircraft with a single engine that is powered by American General Electric F404 engines.

The aircraft has a contemporary glass cockpit with cutting-edge avionics and mission systems, such as a mission computer, multi-function displays, and a head-up display. Additionally, it boasts a digital flight control system that decreases pilot workload while offering greater handling and performance.

The Hurjet can fly up to 2,600 km and reach heights of 45,000 feet. It is a flexible and capable platform for a variety of tasks because of its modern weaponry, which includes air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and guided bombs.

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Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

At the prestigious ILA aerospace trade show in Berlin, Airbus Defence and Space made waves by introducing its pioneering Wingman concept, marking a significant leap forward in military aviation technology.

Teaming up with Helsing, Europe’s leading defense AI and software company, Airbus showcased a framework cooperation agreement aimed at revolutionizing the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) in defense.

Airbus Wingman

The Wingman concept represents a paradigm shift in aerial warfare, introducing unmanned platforms equipped with advanced AI capabilities to augment the capabilities of manned combat aircraft. Pilots in command aircraft such as the Eurofighter command these autonomous drones, positioning them to undertake high-risk mission tasks that would traditionally pose a significant threat to manned-only aircraft.

Central to the Wingman concept is Manned-Unmanned Teaming, wherein manned aircraft serve as “command fighters,” retaining ultimate control over mission decisions while delegating tactical tasks to unmanned systems. This synergistic collaboration promises to enhance mission flexibility, increase combat mass, and minimize risk exposure for pilots, thereby bolstering overall operational effectiveness.

The capabilities of the Wingman extend across a diverse spectrum of mission profiles, ranging from reconnaissance and target jamming to precision strikes against both ground and aerial targets. Equipped with advanced sensors, connectivity solutions, and a diverse array of armaments, the Wingman stands poised to redefine the operational landscape of modern air forces.

While the Wingman model showcased at ILA Berlin represents the pinnacle of current technological innovation, it also serves as a catalyst for future design iterations. As with any pioneering concept, refinement and evolution are inevitable, with each generation of the Wingman poised to push the boundaries of aerial warfare even further.

MQ-28 Ghost Bat

Boeing introduced the MQ-28 Ghost Bat, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), which made its maiden flight in February 2021. Developed by Boeing Australia, the MQ-28 leverages artificial intelligence to serve as a force multiplier for manned fighter jets.

The Ghost Bat is engineered to operate in tandem with existing military aircraft, enhancing and extending the capabilities of airborne missions. This cost-effective UCAV is designed to work as an intelligent teammate, complementing and amplifying the effectiveness of manned operations in various mission profiles.

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Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber
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The United States Air Force (USAF) has unveiled the first photographs of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber in flight.

These images were captured during test flights conducted by the B-21 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the development of this sixth-generation aircraft.

Currently undergoing flight tests in California, the B-21 Raider represents the next generation of stealth bombers. With an estimated cost of around $700 million per aircraft, the B-21 Raider is poised to become a crucial component of the USAF’s arsenal for conventional Long Range Strike missions.

According to Air Force briefings, the B-21 Raider will form part of a comprehensive family of systems, encompassing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities, electronic warfare, communication systems, and more. Notably, the bomber will be nuclear-capable and adaptable for both manned and unmanned operations.

It boasts the flexibility to deploy a wide array of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, ensuring versatility in various combat scenarios. One of the B-21’s distinguishing features is its extensive integration of digital technology, as highlighted in discussions held during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Designed with an open systems architecture, the B-21 Raider is built to swiftly incorporate emerging technologies, ensuring its effectiveness against evolving threats over time. The B-21 Raider is slated to replace the aging B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers, bolstering US national security objectives and providing reassurance to allies and partners worldwide.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, has recently completed the conceptual design review for a groundbreaking high-speed, vertical lift X-plane.

This aircraft, part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT), aims to demonstrate key technologies and integrated concepts that combine high speed with runway independence.

Aurora’s design features a low-drag, fan-in-wing demonstrator integrated into a blended wing body platform. This innovative approach merges the agility of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with exceptional speed capabilities.

The team is focused on ensuring the program’s success by setting the stage for successful flight demonstrations, showcasing a transformative capability for air mobility and Special Operations Forces (SOF) missions.

New renderings of the fan-in-wing (FIW) demonstrator show three lift fans, a more refined composite exterior, and an uncrewed cockpit. The decision to use three lift fans simplifies the demonstrator, streamlining its path to flight testing. This FIW technology can be scaled to incorporate four or more lift fans to meet future aircraft requirements, potentially leading to a new family of systems.

Additionally, while the current demonstrator is uncrewed to facilitate testing and reduce risk, the FIW technology is fully adaptable to crewed aircraft. Aurora’s concept is designed to meet or exceed DARPA’s challenging program objectives. The blended wing body platform is capable of a 450-knot cruise speed, and the embedded lift fans with integrated covers enable a smooth transition from vertical to horizontal flight.

The design also utilizes existing engine solutions, reducing development risks and timelines. Besides VTOL, the aircraft can perform short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), super short take-off and landing (SSTOL), and conventional take-off and landing.

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