17/08/2020

Turkey's Akinci Combat UAV's 2nd Prototype Completes Maiden Flight

Turkish Akinci Combat Drone’s 2nd Prototype Completes Maiden Flight link

Source: Defense World

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  • The second prototype of Turkey’s Akinci combat drone took to the skies for the first-time last week
  • The test flight of the drone was carried out at the Bayraktar Akıncı Flight and Training Centre at the Çorlu Airport Base Command in northwestern Tekirdağ province on August 13
  • As part of the System Verification and Identification Test, the prototype took off at 5:28 p.m. local time and stayed in the air for 1 hour and 2 minutes
  • The First prototype made its maiden flight in December 2019
  • The Akinci has a wingspan of 20m, and is powered by two Ukrainian AI-450 turboprop engines
  • The UAV is designed to carry: Mini Smart Munition MAM-L, Mini Smart Munition MAM – C, Cirit Missile, L-UMTAS Missile, Mini Smart Munition Bozok, MK-81, MK-82, MK-83 Guided Bombs (JDAM), Wing Assisted Guided Bomb MK-82, Gokdogan and Bozdogan air-to-air missiles, and Stand Off Missile SOM-A
  • Baykar claims that the Akinci is equipped with dual artificial intelligence (AI) avionics which supports for signal processing, sensor fusion and situational awareness in real time
  • In addition the UAV carries electronic support systems, dual satellite communication systems, air-to-air radar, collision avoidance radar and synthetic aperture radar
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