Turkey among top 3 countries in world in combat drone technology

Turkey among top 3 countries in world in combat drone technology

Turkey has risen to the world’s top three in combat drone technology, the Turkish president said on Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the delivery ceremony for the Bayraktar Akinci combat drone in the northwestern Tekirdag province, “With our unmanned combat aerial vehicle Akinci, Turkey has become one of the three most advanced countries in the world in this technology.”
Underlining that Turkey is determined to become the leading country in combat drones, Erdogan said Turkey has to develop new technologies.

Erdogan also praised Turkey’s increased usage of local defense products, which has grown from 20% to almost 80% in recent years.

On July 8 the Bayraktar Akinci made Turkish aviation history by climbing to 38,039 feet (11,594 meters) – a new record – in a flight that lasted for 25 hours and 46 minutes.

In a July 5 firing test with warhead ammunition developed by Turkish rocket maker Roketsan, the Akinci, which has made 874 sorties in test and training flights, hit its targets with pinpoint accuracy.


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