Turkey’s TB2 UAV has delivered a very impressive performance during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War. The TB2 has destroyed large numbers of Russian armored vehicles on the Ukrainian Battlefield.
However, due to its own performance limitations, many of these drones were directly shot down by Russian Air Defense Systems.
The TB-2 is a small medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned combat aerial vehicle designed and produced by Baykar. Compared with the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper of USA and the Wing Loong UAV of China, the TB-2 is very much lightweight. In addition of performing reconnaissance missions the drone also have a good ability to strike enemy targets.
But because the size of the TB-2 is very small, it is not able to carry a large number of weapons, which limits its strike capability.
Recently, Turkey has announced that it has started mass production of the latest version of smart micro munitions for the TB-2 UAV. This smart weapon is specially designed and produced for use on UAVs. So what is special about this new weapon?
Currently, the TB-2 UAV has four hardpoints and its payload capacity is only 150 kg (330 lb). Although it sounds like 150 kg is very less but because the weight of anti-tank missiles is generally light so based on the maximum takeoff capacity of 150 kilograms, 4 anti-tank missiles can be carried at one time. Turkey has plans to increase the payload capacity of TB-2 to a limit of 700 kg, this load capacity is still very acceptable.
Turkey wanted to expand the capabilities of TB-2 drones, so the MAM family of weapons came out into existence. The full form of “MAM” Mini Akıllı Mühimmat (MAM), meaning “smart micro munition“. The MAM family is not an anti-tank missile such as the American Hellfire, which is mainly used on surveillance and combat strike drones. The MAM family is actually a class of precision guided bombs.