AKINCI: the new twin-engine Turkish UCAV

More information on the Akinci Turkish UCAV made by Baykar Makina has been made public by the Director of the Turkish State Under-secretariat for Defense Industry (SSB).

More specifically, the Akinci UCAV has a 20-meter wingspan, a maximum take-off weight of 4.5 tonnes, a 40,000-foot operational altitude and 24-hour autonomy. The aerial vehicle is equipped with two PD-222 turbo diesel engines manufactured by the state-owned Turkish company Tusas Engine Industries (TEI) in cooperation with the American company General Electric, despite the fact that Turkey constantly highlighs that the engine is domestically developed.

The new engine is an improvement of the TEI PD-170 Turkish engine, which in turn replaced the Thielert Centurion 2.0 S turbo diesel engine currently used in the ANKA Turkish UAV. According to the SSB, it will be able to carry an internal load weighing 450 kg and an external payload weighing 900 kg.

The UCAV will be equipped with Aselsan’s AESA radar (Αctive Εlectronically Scanned Array), Aselsan’s electronic warfare system, and satellite communications systems.

As far as the armament that the Akinci can carry, it includes the guided MAM-L bomb (weighing 22.5 kilos with a warhead of 10 kilos), the guided Cirit rocket, the guided MAM-C (which is a version of the guided Cirit rocket, weighing 8.5 kilograms with a warhead weighing 2.5 kilograms and a maximum range of 8 km) from Roketsan.

Finally, the Akinci USA will be equipped with the SOM-A cruise missile and the Mk 82 bomb.