Baykar General Manager Haluk Bayraktar made statements regarding Bayraktar TB3 UCAV and KIZILELMA MIUS (Combat Unmanned Aircraft System) in Habertürk’s “Açık ve Net” program. He announced that Bayraktar TB3 would make its first flight in 2023 and enter mass production at the end of 2023. Head of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced that the Bayraktar TB3 is in progress and it will be deployed to the TCG ANADOLU Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship.
Mentioning that it is aimed to turn KIZILELMA MIUS into a product within 2 years, Haluk Bayraktar stated that for this reason, they will not take orders until KIZILELMA becomes a product although there are countries that want to order from abroad. KIZILELMA, which made its maiden flight in December 2022, will integrate domestic air-ground and air-air munitions, as well as AESA radar, integrated Electro Optical system and Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) systems developed by ASELSAN.
Bayraktar TB3’s PD170 turbodiesel engines were delivered
At SAHA EXPO 2022 in İstanbul, TEI General Manager Prof. Dr. Mahmut Faruk Akşit announced that PD170 turbodiesel aviation engines were delivered for Bayraktar TB3 UCAV.
“The engines we have developed are the best engines in the world at altitude, there is no other UAV engine in this class that exceeds 30000 ft. AKSUNGUR has exceeded 30000 ft with our engines and these are really low-burning engines, our engine stayed in the air for 49 hours with AKSUNGUR. Finally, we delivered our engines from this PD170 series for TB3, and Baykar Defense is busy with their integration.”
Bayraktar TB3, whose technical features were announced at TEKNOFEST 2021, will have a higher payload capacity (280 kg versus 150 kg) and foldable wings to save space during transportation, in addition to its ability to take off from short runways compared to Bayraktar TB2.
Bayraktar TB3 is expected to be deployed in TCG ANADOLU with 30 to 40 units. Bayraktar TB3 UCAV will be able to make STOBAR type landings and take-offs using TCG Anadolu’s deck. It is also stated that with the command center to be integrated into TCG ANADOLU, at least 10 Bayraktar TB3 UCAVs can be used in operations at the same time.