The newest, advanced and best valued UAV/UCAV is the Turkish designed and manufactured TIHA.
The platform has completed flight tests etc and is in the production stages. Turkey intends to commission 16+ units before 2010.
The TIHA has been designed to be a similar platform to the US-made Predator and Israeli Heron. The 100% Turkish designed and made (including the Turbo-prop engines) platform can also carry 2 laser-guided anti-tank missiles.
While the TIHA system has an open architecture to support other potential payloads and missions, within the context of the existing project the air vehicle is configured to carry the following payloads onboard:
Electro-optic Color Day Camera (ASELFLIR-300T EO),
Electro-optic/Infrared/Laser Camera (EO/IR/LRF/LD/Spotter) (ASELFLIR-300T- Pic Attached Below),
SAR/GMTI, ISAR Payload.
The platform is also equipped with a digital flight control system, electro-mechanical actuators, and flight control sensor systems such as pitot-static, air data computer, navigation sensor, transducers, temperature, pressure, displacement sensors, etc. Various tasks are distributed along flight management computers and auxiliary control boxes. Identification and communication units and interface computers are employed in order to establish real time wide band communication and provide test and diagnostics functions. An air traffic radio is also integrated in the communication system for the integration of the aircraft into the civilian airspace. All flight critical equipment are dual or triple redundant and emergency modes of operational scenarios are taken into consideration for fail safe design.
The basic performance specifications of the TIHA system released by TAI are as follows:
Service ceiling: 30,000 ft
Endurance: 24 hours
Cruise speed: >75 kts
LOS communication range: >200 km
The ASELSAN (A Turkish Defence Company) designed and manufactured Flir used in the TIHA