WDS: Aselsan progresses airborne jamming programmes

Aselsan’s Bombardier Global 6000 Hava SOJ airborne stand-off jammer programme is progressing well, a company spokesperson said at WDS

Turkey’s Aselsan Elektronik is currently working on two Turkish armed forces jamming programmes, involving a Global 6000 and Akinci UAV. (Photo: BillyPix)

The Turkish air force requirement to stop enemy radar and communication systems from functioning during offensive operations will allow offensive aircraft to enter safe zones. The Hav SOJ will stay airborne during operational missions for up to eight hours.

The three main onboard communications systems, comprising a communications jammer, radar jammer and communications intelligence/electronic intelligence (COMINT/ELINT), have all been developed by the Turkish company. 

Testing was completed on the test-bed simulator last December and the system will be integrated into the first Global 6000 at Ankara-based Turkish Aerospace, which is partnering with Aselsan on the programme. 

First flight awaits certification, a lengthy process that is expected to take up to two years. 

Factory acceptance for the second and third Hava SOJs is expected this year, and integration will then follow the first example. All four Hava SOJ Global 6000s ordered in this configuration should be delivered to the Turkish air force by 2028.

In another similar project, known as IHA SOJ Hedet (UAV, stand-off jammer, communication electronic warfare), two Bayrak Bayraktar Akinci unmanned aircraft systems are being developed for jamming operations as well. One example will house a COMINT system and a COMINT jammer, and the other a ELINT system and ELINT jammer, with the ability to stay airborne for 17-18 hours.  

Contracted in late 2023, both versions should be delivered by late-2026.

Aselsan has also worked on a Bayraktar TB2 jammer that was delivered in 2022 and which the company says is already combat-proven. Equipped with a 11kg electronic attack pod under each wing, the system operates in three different frequencies. The same source claims it can be fitted onto any Bayraktar TB2 within an hour. 

The pod has also been fitted on the Turkish Aerospace Anka as well as the Bayraktar Akinci.