Such tests are part of the preparation for the first flight and allow checking the functioning of the main systems of the device – engines, brakes, control, avionics, fuel system, and so on. The influence of vibration during movement on the runway, the operation of engines in different modes, etc. is studied. Selchuk Bayraktar noted that Baykar Bayraktar Kızılelma successfully passed all these tests.
The next stage of the tests should be a “run” until the take-off speed is reached, but without the take-off itself, and only after that – the first flight. It was originally planned for the first quarter of 2023, but Baykar intends to speed up the process and send Kızılelma into the sky in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the world’s first UAV carrier TCG Anadolu, which is to become the Bayraktar Kızılelma carrier in the future, conducted its first sea trials with a helicopter landing.
Deniz Kuvvetlerimize ait AH-1W Super Cobra ve SH-70 Sea Hawk helikoptererinin Çok Maksatlı Amfibi Gemimiz #LHDANADOLU‘ya ilk inişi çalıştiği o anlar… 🇹🇷 https://t.co/ o85tSCseCm pic.twitter.com/wiuXYIjrKB
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) November 18, 2022
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
Duration – 5 hours
Ceiling – 12,000 m
Working height – 10,668 m