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Baykar Makina moves to ramp up Akinci UAV production

2nd June 2021 - 14:45 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The Akinci UAV takes flight during firing tests (Photo: Haluk Bayraktar Twitter)

Akinci UAV production has been accelerated, says the CEO of manufacturer Baykar Makina.

Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of Baykar Makina, has revealed a surge in production of the company’s high-altitude long-endurance Akinci UAV.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the system, a successor to the Bayraktar TB2, is lined up to enter service with the Turkish Armed Forces at some point in 2021.

The ramp-up suggests that industrial base and customer plans are on target.

Akinci can carry a 1,350kg payload with options including synthetic aperture radar, EO/IR cameras and air-to-air missiles like Cirit guided rockets, MAM-L precision-guided bombs and MAM-C smart bombs. The UAV has also been developed with four AI computers, Bayraktar …

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