Turkey’s TB3 UCAV to be Tested from Land-Based Ski-Jump Before Flying from TCG Anadolu | Aviation

Grab from a clip showing the Bayraktar TB3 rolling before take off, with the ski-jump ramp seen on the next runway. (Image credit: X/Telegram).

A naval version of the TB2 which can take off from short runways and has foldable wings, the TB3 would become the first UCAV to operate from the TCG Anadolu LHD.

Turkey’s Bayraktar TB-3 UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle)/reconnaissance-strike drone will perform operations from a land-based runway with a ski-jump, before it flies off the specialized drone carrier and amphibious landing ship, TCG Anadolu.

Images, videos released on defense forums and Turkish defense industry handles show the TB3 taking off and landing from an air base, where another runway with a ski-jump towards the end is also seen. The videos don’t show the UCAV taking off from the STOBAR (Short Take-Off Barrier-Arrested).

The framing in the posts says this is set to happen soon. “The ramp where Bayraktar TB3 UAV will perform landing and take-off tests before TCG ANADOLU,” said THS Savunmma.

The development comes after Selçuk Bayraktar, Baykar’s Chairperson and CTO (Chief Technology Officer), previously announced that the company plans to test the Bayraktar TB3 aboard TCG Anadolu in 2024.

“Here is the ramp where Turkish Bayraktar TB3 UAV will perform its landing and takeoff tests.

Bayraktar TB3 UAV will be able to take off and land from the…”

Source theaviationist.com

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