AHEAD OF AMERICA
Time to reckon with Ghost Robotics: Turkish Terminators. Some now claim that Turkish ghost robotics are the most advanced in the world. Some even argue that they may even be ahead of America in some areas. In the past few years, there have been numerous visible, verifiable, and justifiable facts. As a result, reportedly recently, Wall Street Journal like many leading publications began printing about Turkish ghost robotics.
Quick look at dictionaries does not reveal much about what exactly ghost robotics are. Basically, they are unmanned platforms small and large that operate on their own, elaborately and with awareness.
Ghost Robotics: Turkish Terminators
The Akıncı drone is one clear example of how far ghost robotics: Turkish Terminators came alone already. Recently, one of these seven attack drones, that are already in the Turkish inventory, flew from Çorlu-Türkiye to Baku-Azerbaijan. Apparently, it is a feat no other drone can do like Akıncı did it. Taking off from one country and landing at another, after flying 1156 miles is a significant accomplishment.
Kamikaze drone Kargu is for sure another. STM, one of the Magnificent Seven – Turkish defense industry giants, developed it. In March 2020, UN officials presented a report on military operations in Libya. The Turkish-made drone became the first in history to strike its target independently. Helpless and hopeless Western powers already began a campaign against the ghost robotics of Kargu on legal and ethical grounds.
Next suspect is air to surface cruise missile, SOM. Tubitak SAGE of Türkiye originally developed it for F-35 fighter planes. Now, Roketsan, another Turkish defense industry giant, is mass producing them exclusively for the Turkish Air Force. As a result, NATO allies, including America, have to settle with the second best option in the market. Ghost robotics may very well be the reason for Turkish export restrictions.
Surely, the now Baykar produced legendary TB-2 must contain variations of great Turkish ghost robotics. TB-2 won a variety of military conflicts. In Northern Iraq and Syria, it was against irregular militia supported by the Western powers. In Libya, it basically kept the government in power. Azerbaijan took Nagorno-Karabakh back after thirty year occupation from Armenians. TB-2 was the main reason. In Ethiopia, separatist movement supported by the Western powers in the north came to a sudden halt. Reportedly, TB-2s made the difference when they appeared on the horizon.
Finally, in Ukraine TB-2s proved themselves against the second biggest military in the world. Not only TB-2s performed their best but one of them also showed some extraordinary capability. According to an Ukrainian operator, his TB-2 came back half an hour after it was shot into pieces by the Russian artillery. Somehow, TB-2 figured how to find its way home, wounded. What is even more remarkable, the same TB-2 came back a second time, after being shot by a Russian S-300 missile this time.
First Aid Ghost Robotics
To put it into perspective, TB-2 must have some additional robotics inside, like an independently operating miniaturized “bugger.” After all, the Russians shot TB-2 twice. The drone lost all communication with the home base. Yet, it was able to make it home. Somehow something inside the drone must have fixed something. Maybe there was a “First Aid Bugger” doing the “fixing” on board.
Recent reports indicate that Aselsan, the biggest Turkish defense industry giant, may have already developed a bug of that sort. On that note, on 29 July, Ismail Demir, President of the Presidency of the Turkish Defense Industry issued a statement. He listed the most advanced 20 Turkish military platforms. That simply means that there are not 4 rather 16 more of these Turkish Terminators to worry about.
Surely, why wouldn’t all of these “buggers” have their own “buggers” on board, performing myriad miracles? In that respect, TB-2 with its “First Aid Bugger” would be nothing but an opening act. No?