Istanbul / Tolca Yanik / Anatolia</p>Buraq Uzbek, Air Vehicle Design Engineer at Baykar:<br/>- The Bayraktar drone with vertical take-off can carry out its missions without the need for a runway and can be placed in outposts, military units or naval platforms<br/>The vehicle has a useful payload of 5 kilograms, and includes a daytime camera, a thermal camera, a laser pointer, and an odometer.<br/>- It is possible to develop different versions of the vehicle in the future, capable of carrying ammunition for different tasks<p>The Turkish company, Baykar, which specializes in the manufacture of drones, intends to start commercial production and deliver vertical take-off and landing (DİHA) drones during 2022, after the company announced the completion of flight tests for the drone and its presentation at the Technovest Festival for Aviation and Space Technology in Istanbul.
The Bayraktar drone has a vertical take-off and landing feature, and the ability to carry out missions in narrow spaces. The aircraft has a communications range of 150 km, and has the ability to land, take off and fly autonomously thanks to the technology of integrating sensors applied to it. The aircraft engine is characterized by its low fuel consumption and high endurance.
In statements to Anadolu Agency, Burak Uzbek, air vehicle design engineer at Baykar, said that the vertical take-off marches are able to carry out their tasks without the need for a runway and can be placed in outposts, military units or naval platforms, as they can take off from any point.
Uzbek explained that the plane performs vertical landing and take-off using four electric motors and that it continues to fly by an internal combustion engine that works with gasoline, so it is considered a hybrid air vehicle, noting that this feature enables it to fly for 12 hours continuously, which is longer than the flight duration of any other electric air vehicle. .
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He added that the batteries of the helicopter can be charged thanks to the generators in the internal combustion engine.
On the other characteristics of the helicopter, Uzbek said that the useful payload weight of the vehicle is 5 kilograms, and that it contains a daytime camera, a thermal camera, a laser pointer, and a distance measuring device.
He continued, “The vehicle weighs 50 kilograms and has a wingspan of 5 meters. It can carry out operations at an altitude of 9,000 meters, and fly at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. It has a speed of 45-50 knots. It can stay in the air for long periods and perform reconnaissance missions.” ”
Uzbek indicated that they are cooperating with local partners in the camera and engine systems, and that the model that was tested works on a local engine developed by the Erin Motor Company, an engine with electronic fuel injection.
He stressed that this engine is safer than engines that contain a carburetor, and it can also supply power to all vehicle systems thanks to its generators.
Flight tests completed
Uzbek pointed out that there are drones of this type in some countries, but their number is very few.
He added, “Because the vertical take-off is done by an electric motor, the efficiency of the vehicle will constantly evolve and increase, in parallel with the development that takes place in battery technology.”
He stated that it is possible to develop different versions of the vehicle in the future, capable of carrying ammunition to perform different tasks.
He added, “The avionics, electronic systems, and software used in the vehicle have all proven their efficiency in miniature drones and the Bayraktar and Akinci drones (produced by the company).”
Uzbek concluded by saying that they are nearing completion of flight tests and that they plan to move to commercial production and delivery to customers within the next year.
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