TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled

 TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled
TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled
TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled

Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) UAV Aksungur has tested TUBİTAK SAGE’s KGK (Wing-Assisted Guidance Kit) UAV version at Sinop. The new KGK is named KGK SIHA 82 as SIHA represents UCAV. President of Defence Industries, Prof İsmail Demir, announced the development at an online meeting and the day after released a video.


The Mark 82 (Mk 82) is an unguided, low-drag general-purpose bomb, part of the United States Mark 80 series. With a nominal weight of 500 lb (227 kg), it is one of the smallest in current service and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world.

TUBİTAK (The Scientific And Technological Research Council of Turkey) SAGE (Defence Industrıes Research And Development Instıtute) has prepared the KGK in 2011. KGK is a wing-assisted guidance kit that converts existing unguided 1000 lb MK83 and 500 lb MK82 general purpose bombs into long-range, air to ground smart weapons. With KGK, the bombs can precisely hit the target from a 100 km range in all weather conditions, providing aircraft to safely complete the mission without entering into enemy air defence zone. 



 TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled

The kit has INS / GPS with crypto support that provides guidance. It was certified to F-16C Block 40 and F-4E/2020 fighter aircraft. KGK has a maximum range of 60 nm when released from high altitudes and 20 nm when released from low altitude. The kit has NATO UAI compatibility.

The new version KGK SIHA 82 has a new algorithm designed for UCAV. The 350 kg payload may fly more than 30 kilometres. The KGK SIHA is planned to reach further distances under optimum conditions. 

 TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled

The KGK released from Aksungur UCAV yesterday hit the target at a 30 km distance with 2.5-meter accuracy.

TUSAŞ Aksungur is Turkey’s first twin turboprop engine Armed UAV. The UAV is converted from combat-proven ANKA UAV. Anka had a backward mounted single-engine. 

 TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled

Aksungur has forward-mounted PD-170 dual-turbocharged diesel engines developed by Tusaş Engine Industries (TEI), equipped with three-bladed propellers in a tractor (puller) configuration. The engines are integrated into wings. The UAV is intended to be used for long-term surveillance, signals intelligence, maritime patrol missions, or an unmanned combat aerial vehicle. The airframe, wing and landing gear are new designs, while control systems are from the existing Anka family of drones. Aksungur may cruise at a maximum speed of 180 km/h (110 mph) and carry a maximum payload of 750 kg (1,650 lb) to an altitude of 25,000 ft (7,600 m), or ascend to 35,000 ft (11,000 m) with a 150 kg (330 lb) payload. The aircraft’s designed maximum payload is 375% greater than that of its predecessor Anka. 


 TÜBİTAK SAGE’s UAV Version KGK SIHA 82 Unveiled

Aksungur, with full ammunition, reached 28-hour endurance and passed 49-hour endurance on its ferry flight.

TUSAŞ has also published a press released. TUSAŞ stated that Aksungur with KGK Payload took off from Ankara. It flew from Ankara to Sinop via SatCom data link. Aksungur released its payload at an altitude of 20 thousand feet and hit the target at a 30 km range. TUSAŞ plans to hit a target of 45 km with KGK SIHA 82.

AKSUNGUR, performs day/night intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack missions with EO / IR, SAR and SIGINT payloads and various air to ground payloads. Aksungur may carry out Naval Patrol, Attack, and Signal Intelligence missions.