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Azerbaijan completes Turkish Akinci drone procurement

16th February 2024 - 15:22 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The Akinci can be fitted with a range of ISR or strike payloads, with several engines options available to power the platform. (Photo: Baykar)

The exact number of Akinci drones acquired by Azerbaijan has remained undisclosed, but estimates suggested the purchase of two or three HALE units.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has visited his country’s air force’s facilities to witness the flyover of the new Baykar Akinci UAS, providing the final confirmation that the country was a Turkish drone customer.

As reported by Caspian News, Aliyev was briefed by Selcuk Bayraktar, chief technology officer of Baykar Technology, about the UAS academy’s training and services.

Haluk Bayraktar, the MD of the Turkish drone maker, announced in March 2022 that his company had signed two export contracts for the Akinci. Photographs later that year showed a group of Azerbaijani soldiers receiving training for the high-altitude long-endurance (HALE)

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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