A documentary on Turkey’s first armed drone was released on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr.
The feature, titled AKINCI after the model’s name, documents the development of the unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) and was posted on the YouTube channel of arms maker Baykar Technologies on Sunday.
It was released at 20.23 local time (1723GMT), alluding to the country’s 100th foundation anniversary in 2023.
Baykar’s chief technology officer Selcuk Bayraktar posted two trailers of the documentary on his Twitter account over the past week.
AKINCI, directed by Altug Gultan and Burak Aksoy, was shot in 15 months in Baykar’s facilities in the Turkish metropolitan city of Istanbul and northwestern Tekirdag province.
It covers a six-month period until Dec. 6, 2019 when the drone flew for the first time.
Bayraktar and the leaders of Baykar’s engineering teams narrate the efforts that led to the development of Turkey’s first hi-tech aircraft.
The Akinci UCAV’s prototype PT-1 made its second flight on Jan. 10, while the second prototype PT-2’s integration has recently been completed.
The UCAV, which can fly for up to 24 hours, has a maximum altitude of 40,000 feet with a 20-meter (65-feet) wingspan and a load capacity of 1,350 kilograms (2,976 pounds).
Akinci’s maximum take-off weight is 5,500 kilograms (12,125 pounds). It has two 450-horsepower engines but can be equipped with 750-horsepower engines or locally-made 240-horsepower engines.
With the Akinci UCAV, Turkey will become one of the three countries capable of producing this drone class.
It will provide high flight security with its fully automatic flight control and triple-redundant auto-pilot systems.
Akinci is equipped with a locally-made AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and Gokdogan and Bozdogan air-to-air missiles.
It can also launch several locally made ammo, such as the SOM (stand-off) cruise missile, for strategic targets. It can collect and store data from its sensors and cameras via six artificial intelligence (AI) computers.
Capable of detecting land targets that cannot be seen by human eyes, the drone flies not with a GPS, but its own systems.
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