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Bayraktar Kizilelma presented at the show in Turkey. “A new direction for the future of combat aviation”

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The design of the drone allows aggressive maneuvers and aerial attacks to a much higher level in both autonomous and human mode, said Selcuk Bayraktar, president of Baykar, which presented its latest drone – Bayraktar Kizilelma (Red Apple) – at a show in Turkey.

As Reuters points out, Bayraktar Kizilelma expands the company’s product range from relatively slow drones attacking objects on the ground to fast and agile autonomous machines that work alongside fighter jets.

Selcuk Bayraktar, President of Baykar, assessed that “this, in a way, sets a new direction for the future of combat aviation.” He explained that the new drone is “a rebirth and catching up in the aviation sector.”

“The design of the drone in particular allows aggressive maneuvers and aerial attacks to a much higher level in both autonomous and human-assisted modes,” he said.

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Earlier, Baykar’s technical director told Turkish media that the new drone is equipped with a jet engine and state-of-the-art sensors for steering.

Bayraktar KizilelmaBerk Ozkan / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM/PAP

New version of Bayraktar

At the same time, Baykar also presented the Bayraktar TB3 at the Istanbul show. The previous version – TB2 – was successfully used by Ukrainian troops that fought against Russian aggression. “Russian combat vehicles are immaculately burning in our beautiful fields. And they will continue to burn. Because bayraktars perfectly fulfill all tasks” – this is how the effectiveness of drones was assessed last year by the president’s adviser Ukraine Mykhailo Podolak, thanking the “father of superweapons Haluk Bayraktar”, Selcuk’s brother.

The collection for the purchase of Bayraktar for Ukraine was carried out by the Polish publicist Sławomir Sierakowski. It was successful, and the producer declared that he would give it to the fighters for free. In January, Sierakowski announced that drone arrived in Ukraine.

Bayraktar TB2 in the Polish Army

In May 2021, Poland signed a contract worth USD 270 million for Bayraktary TB2. The contract concerns the supply of four sets (six aircraft each) together with mobile control stations, simulators, a stock of spare parts and MAM-L and MAM-C guided bombs.

The first TB2 was delivered to the army in the fall of 2022. The unmanned aerial vehicles went to the base in Mirosławiec in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. Deliveries are scheduled to end in 2024.

Read more: Industries that suffered the most from the war in Ukraine. Report

Main photo source: Berk Ozkan / Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM/PAP

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