Bayraktar is a Turkish word meaning “flagship” or “ensign”. Contrary to popular belief, Baykar did not select this name for its famous Bayraktar TB2, the symbol of the first weeks in the Russian-Ukrainian war. Bayraktar actually refers to a “family of drones”, such as the Bayraktar Akinci combat aircraft, which is an extension of the capabilities, most likely, the most well-known drone in the world.
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We have already described Bayraktar earlier. TB2 noted that it was a MALE combat drone (UCAV – Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle). This meant it could fly to Medium Altitude (Long Endurance), and stay in the air for long periods of time after takeoff. They could fly up to 8,200 meters in altitude and can stay in the air for up 27 hours. What does Bayraktar Akinci do in light of this background?
Baykar, a Turkish company, emphasizes that Bayraktar Akinci is part of the HALE class (High Altitude Long Endurance), which refers directly to its flight endurance and ceiling. Although the drone is still in development, it was tested and flew 7507 km in 25 hours 45 minutes. It also reached an elevation of 11,594 meters. This is an amazing result considering that the two Bayraktar drones weigh completely different.
While the Bayraktar TB2 has a length of 6.5 meters and a wingspan measuring 12 meters, the Akinci variant measures 12,2 and 20 meters. The Akinci variant is 12.2 meters long and has a wingspan of 20 meters.
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This huge weight difference affected propulsion. The Bayraktar Akinci was equipped with turboprop engines to spin a pair 5 blade rotors. Two 750-hp AI-450Ts were used to increase the maximum speed and cruise speed from 130 and 220 km/h to 240 km/h and 361 km/h, respectively.
This means that the Bayraktar TB2 is a combat drone capable to perform reconnaissance and attacks using bombs. The Bayraktar Akinci, however, can be considered an unmanned fighter. Its combat potential is huge in comparison to its smaller brother, the Bayraktar TB2. This will make it less impressive than the Akinci version.