President of the Republic of Kosovo visits Baykar, Turkish UAV manufacturer

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs Vjosa Osmani,  and the accompanying delegation visited Baykar Technologies.

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President of the Republic of Kosovo visits Baykar Turkish UAV manufacturer 01 President of the Republic of Kosovo (center) holding a small model of Akinci, in front of a Bayraktar TB2  (Picture source: Baykar)

Osmani was shown the Özdemir Bayraktar National UAV R&D and Production Campus.

Baykar is a private Turkish defence company specialising in UAVs, C4I and artificial intelligence. The main UAVs manufactured by Baykar are the Bayraktar TB2, and the Akıncı.

About the Akıncı:

The Bayraktar Akinci Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle System has a 40,000 feet service ceiling and 4.5 tons of take-off weight. The aircraft platform will be equipped with two turboprop engines and critical payloads such as EO/IR camera, AESA radar, Beyond Line of Sight (satellite) communication and electronic support systems, enabling a longer endurance and advanced reconnaissance and attack capability. Longer and wider than its predecessor Bayraktar TB2, Akıncı has a wingspan of 20 meters with its unique bended design and will be able to fire multiple smart munitions.

With its proprietary artificial intelligence system, the system will be also much smarter and aware of its operating environment, offering improved flight and diagnostic functions. In April 2021, Akıncı UCAV successfully completed first firing test. Bayraktar Akinci UCAV officially entered Turkish inventory.

About Bayraktar TB2

The Bayraktar is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) developed, designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company Baykar The Bayraktar TB2 has a lenght of 6.5 m, a height of 2.2 m and a wingspan of 12 m. It has a maximum take-off weight of 650 kg with a maximum payload capacity of 150 kg. It can fly at a maximum speed of 120 knots (222 km/h) at a maximum altitude of 27,000 feet (8,230 m) and has a flight endurance of up to 27 hours.

The Bayraktar TB2 can be armed with four laser-guided smart ammunition. The Armed UAV Bayraktar TB2 is a multi-purpose platform as it can perform Target Acquisition using the onboard laser designator. It is also capable of eliminating the target using its payload consisting of four smart munitions. Bayraktar TB2 is a system that offers all cutting-edge solutions required to carry out surgical precision strikes preventing widespread damage to close areas.

President of the Republic of Kosovo visits Baykar Turkish UAV manufacturer 02  Bayraktar TB2  (Picture source: Army Recognition)