AKINCI UCAV Test Fires UAV-230

AKINCI UCAV Test Fires UAV-230

Baykar company announced a new trial on its Twitter account. The company’s AKINCI UCAV test-fired Roketsan’s UAV-230 Air-to-Surface Ballistic Supersonic Missile. The missile is converted from TRG-230, its Turkish name is IHA-230, and the international market name is UAV-230 meaning it is developed to be fired from UAVs.

The UAV-230 can operate day and night. It is developed against stationary land and sea targets, air defence radar and communication systems, lightly armoured land or naval vessels, critical facilities such as command centres, personnel, and targets of opportunity.

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Its operational range is 150+ kilometres, depending on the speed and altitude at which the missile is released. The missile can be mostly equipped with a fragmentation warhead, but different versions of this warhead against different target types can be installed. The system is readied for its mission after the firing preparation process is completed before leaving the UAV. After being released from the UAV, it falls freely in the air for a certain period and autonomously ignites the solid fuel engine.

The UAV-230 is guided precisely to the target thanks to its GNSS-supported inertial guidance (INS) capability, which provides a countermeasure against jamming systems. The system functions with a fire-and-forget capability. It allows the user to use it for critical missions without infiltrating deep into enemy positions.

Operating Range150+ km (*Depends on Altitude and Speed)
Warhead42 kg Frangible Impact, Armour Piercing, and Thermobaric Options
Weight225 kg
Length3.4 m
Target SetMobile and Stationary Enemy Air Defence Elements, Radar or Communication Elements, Command Centres, Light Armoured Ground Vehicles and Other Targets
Airborne Platforms that can be IntegratedAKINCI, AKSUNGUR, etc. UCAVs and KIZILELMA
Land Platforms that can be IntegratedArmed Ground Vehicles in the Inventory, Unmanned Ground Vehicles 
Naval Platforms that can be IntegratedMİLGEM-Class Ships, AUSVs
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