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As unmanned aircraft are becoming more prevalent in our airspace, they are taking an increasingly important role in complex military missions. Many nations, including Turkey, are preparing to bridge technological gaps by increasing local manufacturing.
Baykar’s future UAV prototype has entered the final stages of production. MIUS (Muharip Insansiz Ucak Sistemi – Unmanned Combat Aircraft System) is the pilotless UAV that will participate in numerous Turkish military activities.
With autonomous maneuvering capabilities, the UAV can operate in parallel with manned aircraft, and can also carry air-to-air missiles up to a weight of 1.5 tons. The UAV is based on a jet-driven unmanned aerial vehicle, and it can take off and land on the Turkish Navy’s drone carrier, the TCG Anadolu LHD. The aircraft can reach speeds as high as 800 km/h, with a durability of five continuous flight hours.
Navynews.com reports that the new Turkish development will be used to engage in a wide range of military operations, including strategic attacks, close air
support (CAS), missile attacks, suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD), and
destruction of enemy air defenses (DEAD).