Istanbul, Turkey – Baykar Technical Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of T3 Foundation Selcuk Bayraktar, “National Design developed by TEI (Tusas Engine Industries) , domestic production aircraft engine. Aircraft engine with decidedly the highest performance values in this class in the world. As you say, we tested it, compared it… will power Akinci and TB3 UCAVs! The one who took the horse…, “he said.
Bayraktar, who stated that the test images are from a month ago, said that the engine being tested is not a prototype, but a mass production engine.
Turkey has achieved another significant success in the Defense Industry. It was announced that the domestic production aircraft engine will be used in unmanned aerial vehicles.
Baykar Technical Manager Selcuk Bayraktar shared images from his social media account of the domestic production aircraft engine developed by TEI. Bayraktar noted that the test images are from a month ago. He emphasized that the engine being tested was not a prototype, but a mass production engine.
Also Selçuk Bayraktar, share ” National Design developed by TEI, domestic production aircraft engine. Aircraft engine with decidedly the highest performance values in this class in the world” rating fell. He stressed that this was being tested and compared. He also announced that” it will power Akinci and TB3 UCAVs ” and that the domestic aircraft engine will be used in unmanned aerial vehicles.
Turkey previously bought the engine of drones from Canada. However, Canada halted sales after Turkey allegedly gave Azerbaijan drones to use in conflicts with Armenia.
Akinci UCAV is a high-altitude long-endurance unmanned combat air vehicle currently under development with Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar Makina. First pictures of the UAV hit media reports in June 2018. Initial media reports described Akinci as a 4.5 ton UCAV capable of deploying about 1.5 ton payload with an airframe equipped with two turboprop engines.
With the preliminary design phase completed in June 2019, Akinci UCAV started engine ground run in August 2019 with a Ukrainian turboprop engine Ivchenko-Progress AI-450C. First engine test was accomplished on September 1, 2019. Following the completion of other technical tests, the aircraft was moved to the Turkish Army’s Çorlu Airfield Command. The UAV made its maiden flight with automatic taxiing, take-off, 16-minute flight and successful landing on December 6, 2019.
Image shows the unmanned combat aerial vehicle, Akinci UCAV at Teknofest 2019. Akinci UCAV has 881 lb (400 kg) internal and 2,094 lb (950 kg) external payload capacity, combining the overall combat load to max. 2,976 lb (1,350 kg). Powered by two 450 hp (340 kW) or 750 hp (560 kW) turboprop engines, large 66 ft (20 m) wingspan ensures 5.5 tons maximum takeoff weight. Akinci UCAV will be the first commercially available UAV capable of launching an ALCM.
Specifications of Akinci UCAV
Data from Baykar Makina
Capacity: 2,976 lb (1,350 kg)
Internal: 881 lb (400 kg)
External: 2,094 lb (950 kg)
Length: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
Height: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)
Max takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko-Progress Motor Sich AI-450T turboprop engines, 560 kW (750 hp) each
Propellers: 5-bladed composite constant-speed propeller
Endurance: 24 hours
Service ceiling: 12,192 m (40,000 ft)
Hardpoints: 6 with provisions to carry combinations of:
National AESA Radar
Aselsan Common Aperture Targeting System
Electronic Warfare Pod