Turkey's Akıncı combat drone completes another round of tests
Turkey announced that a latest round of tests were completed for its Akıncı combat drone, Daily Sabah reported on Saturday.
"Today, we successfully completed the Advanced System Identification Test with #AKINCI PT-2," the company responsible for developing Akıncı, Baykar Makina, announced on Twitter.
"Each successfully completed test brings # AKINCI one step closer to the task," it continued.
Turkish defence officials praised the new drone. Ismail Demir, head of Presidency for Defence Industries (SSB), thanked everyone who contributed to Akinci's development over Twitter. Selçuk Bayraktar, Baykar's Chief Technology Office and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son in law, expressed his joy in the test too and announce that the Akıncı would soon enter mass production.
The drone can fly for 24 hours and has a service ceiling of 40,000 feet (12,192 meters), a 20-meter wingspan and the capacity to carry a load of 1,350 kilograms (2,976 pounds).
Akıncı is equipped with the locally-made active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and air-to-air missiles Gökdoğan and Bozdoğan, and can launch several types of locally made ammo, such as standoff missiles.