"Bayraktar" clearly sees targets at a distance of more than 50 km


The Turkish military and developers have repeatedly pointed out that their Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance and strike drones can destroy targets from a height of 2 km, "being beyond the reach of many obsolete or low-altitude (short-range) air defense systems." However, such vague formulations did not allow to fully assess the capabilities of these UAVs. Now everything is a little clearer.


An interesting picture appeared on the Web, which allegedly depicts the operation of the Canadian optoelectronic module (air reconnaissance station) MX-15D Wescam installed on Bayraktar. According to the displayed data, it can be seen that the drone has detected and clearly distinguishes targets from a distance of 53,2 km, which confirms the earlier claims.


MX-15D are designed to detect in the visible and infrared ranges of the optical spectrum, recognize, track and determine the coordinates of ground (surface) stationary and mobile objects, as well as aiming airborne or remotely controlled weapons at the target. However, the performance characteristics of these optoelectronic reconnaissance (OER) systems say that their range is only 15 km. Therefore, it is very difficult to confirm that it was the MX-15D that carried out the mentioned target fixation, because other equipment can be installed on the Bayraktars.

Note that in October 2020, when the Second Karabakh War was going on, Canada suspended the export of components for the production of drones to Turkey. The aerial reconnaissance stations mentioned above also ended up on the list of equipment that fell under a temporary ban. After that, the Turks decided that from November 2021, Bayraktar TB2 will use only domestic-made Aselsan CATS optoelectronic systems, but they experimented with various equipment before that.
  • Photos used: Baykar Savunma / flickr.com
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  1. Nikolay Moroz Offline Nikolay Moroz
    Nikolay Moroz (Nikolay Moroz) 16 January 2022 12: 39
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    Apparently, missiles from ISKANDER will be hung on Bayraktar ...
  2. Demonlivi Offline Demonlivi
    Demonlivi (Dima) 16 January 2022 12: 44
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    Where do they get such a beautiful design!? We need to speed up too! The tube with wings does not hold enough rockets and fuel!
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  3. Pandiurin Offline Pandiurin
    Pandiurin (Pandiurin) 16 January 2022 13: 58
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    However, the performance characteristics of these optoelectronic reconnaissance (OER) systems say that their range is only 15 km. Therefore, it is very difficult to confirm that it was the MX-15D that carried out the mentioned target fixation, because other equipment can be installed on the Bayraktars.

    This is reminiscent of an eye examination by an ophthalmologist, there in the table the first line of the BS is huge, i.e. Logically, if I could read the first line, then everything is in order with my vision. In the photo, what the bayraktar "saw" are giant hangars, next to them are transport aircraft, which are also much larger than traditional targets: a tank, an infantry fighting vehicle, a person.
    Egyptian pyramids probably could see 100 km)

    But 15 km is also not bad.
  4. wamp Offline wamp
    wamp 16 January 2022 16: 12
    +4
    The operation of optical devices and the range of vision now rests not on the quality of the optics, but on the parameters of the medium through which the optics looks. The slightest overvoltage of air due to its acceleration / compaction and the picture becomes blurry or oscillating. Those. you need perfect weather, when absolute calm, absolute dryness or uniform humidity without fog and nothing gets hot or cool.
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 17 January 2022 10: 36
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    It seems they wrote, F35 distinguishes and recognizes a tank on the ground from 40 km (in VO, I don’t remember the exact range)
    I did not meet data on our aircraft.

    So it's quite possible. Large aircraft from a cheaper drone 50 km away.