Turkey’s landmark combat drone Akıncı completes another test
The second prototype of Turkey’s state-of-the-art unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) Akıncı has successfully passed another test, the manufacturer said Saturday.
“Today, we successfully completed the Developed System Identification Test with #AKINCI PT-2,” Baykar Makina said on Twitter.
“Each successfully completed test brings #AKINCI one step closer to the mission. Free and independent in our sky,” the company noted.
Baykar’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Selçuk Bayraktar also shared the visuals of the latest test on his Twitter account.
“It may have gotten used to it, but our excitement, the adrenaline, the stress is just like on the first day,” Bayraktar said.
The second prototype completed its first test flight in August at the Çorlu Airport Base Command, in northwestern Tekirdağ province.
The CTO last month said the company would soon begin mass production of the domestically made UCAV.
Akıncı is expected to enter the Turkish security forces’ inventory this year.
The drone can fly for 24 hours and has a service ceiling of 40,000 feet (12,192 meters), a 20-meter wingspan and the capacity to carry a load of 1,350 kilograms (2,976 pounds).
Akıncı is equipped with the locally-made active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and air-to-air missiles Gökdoğan and Bozdoğan, and can launch several types of locally made ammo, such as standoff missiles (SOM).
News regarding the UCAV’s entry into the inventory, as well as its mass production has been closely followed by defense enthusiasts both in Turkey and abroad, thanks to the local drone magnate’s proven success with other locally made drones like Bayraktar TB2.
This particular drone earned worldwide fame after it was operated in Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan, paving the way for more export deals for Baykar.
This article originally appeared in DAILY SABAH on 14 March 2021.