Attack drones with long-range anti-ship missiles will allow you to control the Black Sea

The special military operation in Ukraine has once again proved that without unmanned aircraft in a modern war, nowhere. UAVs actively conduct reconnaissance, provide data for target designation and correct fire on the battlefield. Also, attack drones like the Turkish Bayraktars are capable of very effectively hitting armored vehicles, inflicting sensitive losses. The experience of the confrontation between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for Zmeiny Island showed that the power of the anti-tank missile ammunition used by these UAVs is not enough to destroy even an armored boat with a direct hit. However, things will change very soon.

Bayraktar Akinci

According to Russian media, Turkey successfully tested the heavy drone Bayraktar Akinci, which hit the target with an air-launched cruise missile using the LGK-82 laser target designation system. The UAV operated from a height of 9 kilometers.

Probably, we are talking about the Turkish SOM (Stand-off Mühimmat Seyir Füzesi) missile, which is the country's first national development on the topic of long-range weapons. The flight radius of a promising missile is an impressive 275 kilometers, weight - 590 kilograms, warhead weight - 230 kilograms. There are four modifications of the missile, it can be sea, land and air based, hit stationary and moving targets. In the air-based version, it should use American fourth-generation F-16 multirole fighters, possibly fifth-generation F-35 fighters, as well as heavy Turkish-made Bayraktar Akıncı UAVs as carriers.

The latter opens up a lot of new opportunities for Ankara. With a maximum takeoff weight of a twin-engine drone, its carrying capacity is 1350 kilograms - 400 kilograms of internal load and 950 external, there are six weapon suspension points, a maximum speed of 360 km / h, cruising - 240 km / h. The Turkish UAV can stay in the air for up to 24 hours, is equipped with an AFAR radar, artificial intelligence computers for control and a guidance system, which makes it an effective reconnaissance, strike and patrol aircraft.

Let's face it, against the Kurdish semi-guerrilla units, this is clearly too much. Having received a long-range anti-ship missile on a suspension, Bayraktar Akinci will become a big problem for the fleets of all potential opponents of Turkey - the Greek Navy and the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.


The European Union is currently going in the same direction, having begun work on a promising heavy twin-engine reconnaissance and strike drone, which received the corresponding name - Eurodrone. This is a real giant, the length of which is 11 meters, the wingspan is 26 meters, the takeoff weight is 11 tons, and the payload is 2,3 tons. The UAV is driven by two pulling propellers. Eurodrone is a joint project of several European defense concerns - Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo, which we will discuss in detail told earlier.

At the initial stage, the European twin-engine drone will be armed with Hellfire "counter-guerrilla" missiles and Paveway laser-guided bombs. However, in the future, Norwegian Joint Strike Missile (JSM) air-launched anti-ship missiles with a range of up to 280 kilometers may appear on its suspension. And then the value of Eurodrone will increase dramatically, since everyone understands perfectly well who it will really be used against.

How will Russia respond to this?


Commenting on the success of Turkish partners, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said the other day that the domestic Altius UAV also needs to be armed with anti-ship missiles:

The combat effectiveness of this drone is determined rather than technical the parameters of the unmanned vehicle itself, but the payload that it is capable of carrying. We are talking about an anti-ship missile at a range of 300 kilometers. We have similar aviation weapons. They need to be "married" with unmanned vehicles.

The Altius is a direct competitor to the Eurodrone and Bayraktar Akinci, a heavy twin-engine reconnaissance and strike drone. In size, it is closer to the "European": length - 11,6 meters, wingspan - 28,5 meters, take-off weight is 5-7 tons, depending on the modification. To reduce weight, the body is made of composite materials. The claimed time in the air is 48 hours, which is twice as good as that of the "Turk", and the cruising speed is 150-250 km / h.

There is not the slightest doubt that the Altius in the reconnaissance and strike version would be very useful to the Russian military and sailors during the special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine. Carrying out continuous patrols for two days from a height of up to 12 kilometers, such UAVs would make it possible to quickly control all movements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Navy, provide target designation data, and adjust the fire of the RF Armed Forces. The presence of anti-ship missiles on the suspension would make it possible to lock the "mosquito fleet" of Ukraine in its last refuge and not disturb the Russian Defense Ministry with the prospect of landing enemy troops on Zmeiny Island.

Unfortunately, the implementation of this promising project ran into the notorious “engine curse”, and it is still unknown when the Altius will actually get on the conveyor with Russian power plants instead of the German ones with which it was originally designed. Alas, it is more likely that our Black Sea sailors will be the first to face the Turkish Bayraktar Akinci, which Kyiv may want to buy from Ankara.
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  1. sat2004 Offline sat2004
    sat2004 5 July 2022 18: 46
    In the early 70s, we wrote programs for computers, solved differential equations of the 2nd order, but as you know, as a result, we solved it on paper, and inserted a block into the program that outputs the correct solution to the printer. This was the trajectory of the projectile, where the projectile hit where it should be.
  2. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 5 July 2022 19: 04
    Of course, our strategists had a problem with the UAV, so much PR was promoted by lancets, cubes and other altiuses, and as a result they again ran into import substitution, this has never happened here again, but on the other hand, the Minister of Defense is very good at such an element of exercises as the transfer of troops to long distances
    1. greenchelman Offline greenchelman
      greenchelman (Grigory Tarasenko) 6 July 2022 16: 43
      If not for Serdyukov, who is scolded by everyone and sundry, then there would be no drones in the Russian Federation at all. Well, at least he bought it from Israel at a high price, and all the turbo-cheers-patriots foamed then, yelling like crazy that he was wasting money. There would be no T-14 "Armata" and Su-57 ... Dude looked into the future! It's a pity he was never able to completely remove the scrap metal dangerous for the soldiers - the ancient T-62s and "armored trains", replacing them with normal types of weapons. But nothing now Shoigu can play trains and shoot pretentious videos ...
  3. Volga073 Offline Volga073
    Volga073 (MIKLE) 5 July 2022 19: 31
    At least they bought from Iran ..
  4. ksa Offline ksa
    ksa 5 July 2022 19: 36
    Slow-moving defenseless butterflies. To be destroyed by primitive but specialized devices that need to be created.
    1. emmo Offline emmo
      emmo (emmo) 5 July 2022 21: 54
      These systems are useful when you have ensured their survival or have favorable conditions for this, you have loaded them with 4-6 guns, where with their great autonomy they can provide you with area control, information gathering, communication support and defeating opportunistic targets. Turkey needed to develop something similar for the Kurdish rebels and they did it. For them to work against the organized war machine, other directions and plans are needed. The guards have the knowledge.
  5. emmo Offline emmo
    emmo (emmo) 5 July 2022 21: 57
    Where is the Russian Air Force?
  6. vdr5 Offline vdr5
    vdr5 (Elephant) 6 July 2022 06: 52
    It is significant that in the Russian Federation it learned how to make engines that were produced in Ukraine, of course, something was succeeded with a big scratch and not the same quality, but in general the problem has not been solved. The capture of Zaporozhye will not solve the problem either, the factories have already begun to be evacuated to the west.
    1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 6 July 2022 12: 37
      The "motor curse" has both a given name and a surname. And there are several people there. And they all still occupy their chairs. yes
    2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 7 July 2022 12: 23
      The problem is solved if the funds allocated for orders are controlled and then the full demand for costs and results. There are no culprits, the funds have been "used", there are also no results ... And so for decades, all presidential programs have failed completely, there is no demand, there are no guilty ......
  7. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 6 July 2022 18: 42
    During a special operation in Ukraine, the Russian military for the first time used the Stupor electromagnetic systems, which are used to combat drones, TASS reported.

    To mute the control signal between the operator and the drone, you need to point the Stupor sight and press the button; after that, the drone will neutralize and land in the right place.

    The portable complex "Stupor" was developed by the Main Research and Testing Center for Robotics of the Ministry of Defense to suppress drones and copters on the ground and water surface at a line-of-sight range. For the first time, the Stupor sample was presented in 2017. The complex emits electromagnetic pulses to suppress the control channel, as well as the navigation and transmission channels of the drone, its photo and video cameras in the optoelectronic range. The suppression of the communication channel leads to uncontrolled flight and the fall of the drone. The complex operates at a distance of up to 2 km in a 20-degree sector.
  8. Sergei N Offline Sergei N
    Sergei N (Sergey N) 22 July 2022 06: 07
    Unfortunately, Russia lags behind Israel and the USA in this regard! Behind Turkey! Behind Iran, which, while under sanctions, has made great progress in this!
    Something urgently needs to be done about this! Otherwise, we will continue to trail behind the whole world regarding the development and production of UAVs.