Baykar has come to prominence internationally in recent times due to the corporate’s mild drone TB-2 utilized in Ukraine.
Turkish defence agency Baykar goals to start manufacturing of its new unmanned fight aerial car subsequent 12 months which is already attracting worldwide curiosity, its chairman Selcuk Bayraktar mentioned.
Named “Kizilelma”, the drone expands the corporate’s product vary from sluggish, floor assault drones to quick and agile autonomous ones that work alongside fighter jets.
“It’s designed to be a extremely autonomous, below human purview after all, air-to-air fight car,” mentioned Bayraktar, who led the design of the 15-metre-long (49 toes) jet-powered weapon.
“In a way, the Kizilelma expresses an entire new future for fight aviation.”
Baykar has come to prominence internationally in recent times due to the corporate’s mild drone TB-2, which has been utilized in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and North Africa and has been an enormous export success, catapulting the agency to turning into one of many largest Turkish defence exporters.
Baykar plans to start manufacturing in small portions subsequent 12 months. Kizilelma made its first flight in December and commenced formation flight exams with Baykar’s different drones this month.
The craft is able to start check flights alongside piloted jets. Deployment on Turkey’s amphibious ship is scheduled for subsequent 12 months.
There’s already demand from overseas for the brand new drone, although its specialised capabilities imply it may be despatched to much less export markets.
Bayraktar, who’s married to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s daughter, spoke on the sidelines of an aerospace and know-how pageant organised by his basis.
Excessive-profile navy initiatives have figured prominently in Erdogan’s election marketing campaign and Bayraktar mentioned he sees the drone because the fruits of a nationwide aspiration and a product “the place we inform the world that our nation is just not solely a participant but additionally a sport maker”.