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Turkey tested second prototype of Akinci attack drone with a new engine

ANKARA, (BM) – The second prototype of the Turkish attack drone Akinci made its first flight, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing a corresponding video posted on Twitter by Baykar.

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The caption to the video says that the drone was in the air for 1 hour 2 minutes. The tests took place on August 13 in the area of ​​Chorlu airport. Defense Express recalls that Akinci is equipped with two AI-450T turboshaft engines developed by the Ukrainian company Ivchenko-Progress.

In July, the information and consulting agency published a video of the first test by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the Bayraktar TV2 strike and reconnaissance drone.

In the same month, Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Yagmur Ahmet Guldere said the countries were discussing joint development and production of Bayraktar TB2.

Akinci is developed by the Turkish company Baykar. The wingspan of the drone is 20 meters, the length is 12.3 meters. The maximum take-off weight is 5500 kilograms. Payload – 1350 kilograms. The maximum flight altitude is 12 kilometers, the operating altitude is 9 kilometers. The flight duration is over 24 hours. The Turkish Armed Forces should receive Akinci in 2021.

Turkey and Ukraine will cooperate in the production of UAVs

As we reported on March 8 on the territory of Ukraine might start production of Turkish armed unmanned systems. According to the former head of the Ukrainian military department, Andrei Zagorodniuk, Ankara and Kyiv are working on such a plan.

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“Turkey is ready to work with us in this matter. UAVs are a very promising weapon, they are extremely effective,” said Zagorodniuk.

He recalled that Turkey is now demonstrating the ability of its weapons in Syria, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

According to Defense Express, Ukraine has already received six operational-tactical multi-purpose drones Bayraktar TB2, which were manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar Machine.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine will be able to purchase weapons without intermediaries. The relevant bill was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada.

The Bayraktar Tactical UAS is a surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initially developed for the Turkish Armed Forces. It is developed by the Kale-Baykar, a joint venture between the Kale Group and Baykar Technologies.

In 2014, Bayraktar held the national endurance and altitude record for Turkey’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). It set a record for autonomous flight endurance when it flew 24 hours and 34 minutes at 18,000 feet on 5 August 2014. It furthermore recorded highest altitude of 27,030 feet on its flight on 14 June 2014 with full payload.

Bayraktar TB2 successfully demonstrated firing of ROKETSAN MAM-L Smart Micro Munition with 100% accuracy in December 2015.

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While the Turkish Armed Forces describes Bayraktar as “Tactical UAV Class” to prevent it from being a competitor to the TAI Anka UAV, international standards would classify it as a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV.

With its 650 kg MTOW and 12 meters wingspan platform powered by an internal combustion engine, Bayraktar is capable of flying at 22,500 feet and loitering for more than 24 hours.

Turkish UAV committed a ‘real genocide’ over Russian missile systems and set a record

The operational and tactical multi-purpose drones Bayraktar TB2 of the Turkish company Baykar Makina flew 200 thousand hours, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on June 13. It is also noted there that this indicator is a record for the Turkish aviation industry.

In June, Defense Express, citing its own sources, established that in recent years, during the military conflicts in Syria and Libya, at least 23 Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (SAM) were destroyed.

Defense Express said in May that the Bayraktar TB2 Turkish drone had staged “real genocide” as the “touted” Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system.

Then the Turkish Anadolu agency reported the destruction of nine Russian-made air defense missile systems in Libya.

In January, ImageSatIntl ​​posted on Twitter satellite images of the nearly finished first Turkish aircraft carrier Anadolu, which is being built with the support of the Spanish company Navantia at Istanbul’s Sedef shipyard.

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