Istanbul, Turkey – Turkey’s unprecedented ascent to unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) superpower status has drastically changed the fate of the battlefields with its aeral supremacy and hegemony in modern warfare technology.

The new Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) Akinci, which can fly for 24 hours, has a 40,000-feet service ceiling, 20-meter (65-feet) wingspan, and capacity for carrying 1,350-kilogram of useful load.

The Akinci UCAV, with a take-off weight of 5,500 kilograms, has two 450-hp engines, and it is configurable for 750-hp engines or locally-made 240-hp engines.

With the Akinci UCAV, Turkey becomes one of the three countries which can produce this type of UAVs.

The Akinci UCAV, equipped with Turkish-made AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and air-to-air missiles Gokdogan and Bozdogan, can launch several locally-made ammo, such as SOM (stand-off) cruise missile for startegic targets.

On the other hand, a number of countries are already showing warm interest in acquiring the Akinci UCAV in order to strengthen and modernize their air defense systems.

The vehicle can collect and save sensitive critical data from its sensors and cameras due to six artificial intelligence (AI) computers, namely as a flying computer system.

It will detect land targets, with high precision, which cannot be seen by human eyes, and fly without a GPS, with its AI systems.

The Akinci UCAV is expected to be used by Turkish Air, Land, and Naval Forces as well, like Baykar’s UCAV Bayraktar series in 2021.