Baykar released photos of the second prototype of the new-generation Bayraktar Kızılelma jet supersonic stealthy deck-based UAV. The prototype is ready for ground testing and is being prepared for a first flight in early 2023.
We will remind you that the Baykar Bayraktar Kızılelma jet UAV is a heavy attack UAV, which in terms of most characteristics corresponds to the American General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, and is much faster than the latter. Combat tasks of the new UAV: suppression of enemy air defense, missile attacks, fire support from the air, strategic attacks.
On paper, the new device was presented only on August 4, 2021, and within a year Bayraktar Kızılelma reached the prototype stage. This is a very impressive pace indeed.
But that’s not all the news about Baykar products. Two days ago, the Baykar account reported that Bayraktar TB2 drones have already flown 500,000 hours. And it seems that the contribution of the Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 to this figure is very, very significant.
In addition, on August 24, 2022, Baykar delivered another batch of 3 Bayraktar Akıncı heavy UAVs to the Turkish Air Force . As a reminder, BBC Ukraine, the Bayraktar brothers once again emphasized that will not sell their UAV to Russia for any amount of money.
“Money is not a priority for us. Money and material resources have never been the goal in our business”, Haluk Bayraktar assures. “Our friendship and cooperation with Ukraine has been going on for many years. Therefore, no matter how much money they offer us, frankly, there is no question of handing it over to them in this situation (drones to Moscow – Ed.). During this period, all our support is completely on the side of Ukraine, because we have a very strong connection, and Ukraine is under a very unfair, aggressive and unfounded attack. Nothing will overshadow our cooperation with Ukraine, regardless of the amount offered, our position on this matter is clear.”
Specifications of Bayraktar Kızılelma
Load capacity – 1500 kg
Maximum take-off weight – 6000 kg
Power plant – 1 × AI-25TLT or AI-322F or TEI TF-6000
Maximum speed – 900 km/h
Cruising speed – 740 km/h
Combat range – 930 km
Endurance – 5 hours
Ceiling – 12,000 m
Operational height – 10,668 m