July 22, 2022
author Ridzvan Rahmat
Indonesia’s self-developed Elang Hitam (Black Eagle) strike-capable UAV seen here during an opening ceremony in December 2019. (PT Dirgantara Indonesia)
Indonesia has signed a cooperation agreement with a Turkish defense research organization to develop a new type of modular air-to-surface missile that can be deployed on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The team includes engineers from Indonesia’s Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) and the Defense Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK), according to presentation materials provided Janes a source close to the matter. The presentation was made at an industry webinar on July 14.
According to the filings, BPPT and SAGE are working on a modular type of air-to-surface missile that can be configured for a variety of mission sets, from anti-ship operations to ground attacks. The rocket’s sensors and payloads will be interchangeable even at short notice.
The purpose of the cooperation is to equip Indonesia’s own medium-altitude long-range (MALE) UAV with surface strike capabilities, the presentation materials added.
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/indonesia-collaborates-with-turkey-on-uav-mounted-air-to-surface-missiles Indonesia is cooperating with Turkey in the development of air-to-surface missiles mounted on UAVs