Bayraktar TB3 to perform maiden flight in 2022

Bayraktar announced that an upgraded version of Bayraktar TB2 will perform its maiden flight in 2022, said Baykar’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Selçuk Bayraktar during the induction ceremony Akinci drone.

Currently under development at the Baykar facilities, the Bayraktar TB3 will be able to takeoff and land at Turkey’s flagship-to-be amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu.

The landing helicopter dock (LHD) type ship is said to be the first of its kind in the world as a vessel allowing the landing of UCAVs on its dock. It will be used in multipurpose operations and is set to be delivered by the end of the year or in 2022.

People are seen beside Akıncı UCAVs on the sidelines of the delivery ceremony in Tekirdağ province, northwestern Turkey, Aug. 29, 2021. (AA Photo)

Baykar is also working on a domestically-made unmanned fighter jet, which Bayraktar said would make its maiden flight in 2023.

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The jet is projected to conduct a multitude of military actions, such as strategic offensive, close air support (CAS), missile offensive, suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) and destruction of enemy air defenses (DEAD).

The aircraft is set to have a high operational altitude and take-off weight of 5,500 kilograms (12,125 pounds). It will carry a 1,500 kg useful payload.

The jet is set to have five hours of endurance and will be able to reach speeds of up to 800 kilometers per hour.

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