Harris has supplied its Hornet weapons carriage system to Turkey's Baykar Makina for integration on the company's Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
As IHS Jane's previously reported, a Roketsan Smart Micro Munition (SMM) was successfully dropped from the aircraft on 17 December 2015.
The SMM is a laser-guided gliding munition derived from Roketsan's UMTAS (also known as Mizrak) anti-tank guided missile and the Çirit laser-guided rocket. The small unpowered weapon combines the seeker from the Çirit with most of the components of the UMTAS, minus its rocket motor.
Speaking at AUVSI's Xponential 2016 conference and exhibition in New Orleans, Nick Guard, Harris' senior business development manager for suspension and release systems/avionics, told IHS Jane's that discussions were ongoing with other UAV manufacturers in Turkey, including Vestel and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - manufacturer of the Turkish armed forces' Anka medium-altitude long-endurance UAV.
IHS Jane's revealed in March that Vestel was operating its Karayel UAV in support of Turkish Land Forces operations, although it is unknown if that platform is armed. Karayel and Bayraktar have been selected by the Turkish Land Forces to provide a tactical UAV capability.
Harris describes the Hornet as a micro pylon. The 2 lbs (0.9 kg) unit can carry up to a 50 lbs gravity-dropped munition with diameters ranging from 3 inches to 12 inches (7.6 cm to 30 cm).
Hornet features an umbilical that provides the 'smart' element of the launcher, enabling data transfer to munitions via MIL-STD-1760 signal subsets.
Guard said that with the carriage of small munitions - such as SMM - in its infancy, Harris is looking to set the standard and become the carriage solution of choice.
Recognising that a number of tube-launched weapons may have utility on UAVs and other aircraft, Guard said that Harris has developed a solution that would enable the soft-bodied tubes - typical of these weapons - to be fitted to the Hornet carriage system by bonding a panel onto the top of the tube that can then be connected to the pylon.
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