‘We accelerated our National Unmanned Combat Aircraft project’


AA | Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 17:18 | Last Updated: 22 04 2021 – 17:18

Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar said, “With the maturation of our AKINCI platform, we have recently accelerated our National Unmanned Combat Aircraft project. Our goal is to realize the first flight of the prototype of this platform in 2023.” said.

Baykan Technical Director Selcuk Bayraktar Instagram account Turkey from the United States made a statement about the video to remove the F-35 program.

Emphasizing that the fact that the F-35s are not provided is seen as a disadvantage for today, Bayraktar emphasized that it may be beneficial for the national defense industry in the future, “Because the foreign mission computer that is managed by digital computers that we do not have full knowledge of the software we will supply from abroad, which decides what the trigger will do or not will do and Such a system with software can expose us to serious restrictions in terms of independent use. Besides, we are talking about a project of tens of billions of dollars over the years considering the procurement, operation and maintenance costs. The procurement, operation, maintenance and maintenance costs of the national platform to be developed will in any case be less than the F-35. ” used the expressions.

Referring to the disadvantages of this system, which will be procured from abroad, Bayraktar continued his words as follows:

“Considering the possible usage restrictions and potential embargoes with a system that will be procured from abroad and has dozens of avionics, flight and mission computers that we do not have a foundation, the national combat platform will enable us to use it independently.

However, the aircraft, which we will have developed 15-20 years later, may be one generation behind the aircraft developed until that time. Instead of this, working on the areas where the world is already going, the lower-cost, artificial intelligence-equipped unmanned warplanes, which will be the game-changing power of the future, the use of swarm, advanced autonomy and smart use of these systems, makes us one of the leading countries in this field, as we do with our S / UAV platforms. can sting. “

First prototype of the National Unmanned Combat Aircraft will be in the skies in 2023

Bayraktar, who also gave details about the projects carried out by Baykar, said, “As Baykar, with the maturation of our AKINCI platform, which we have been carrying out for the last 4-5 years, we have recently accelerated our National Unmanned Combat Aircraft project. Our goal is to realize the first flight of the prototype of this platform in 2023. My advice to our young people and young entrepreneurs who want to work in this field is that especially unmanned platforms should turn to areas with the most critical technologies. We should prepare for the races of the future and look to be the leader where the world goes. He spoke in the form.