World starts acknowledging success of Turkish drones, says President
When Turkey completes ongoing projects in next 3-5 years, it will be most advanced country in field of drones, says Erdogan
The world has started acknowledging the success of Turkey’s unmanned aerial combat vehicles, the country’s president said on Tuesday.
With its unmanned combat aerial vehicle Akinci, Turkey has become one of the world’s three most advanced countries in combat drone technology, Erdogan said, adding the world speaks about "the success of the armed drones used in the fight against terrorism, as well as in many conflict areas from Syria to Karabakh."
He was speaking at a ceremony at the National Defense University.
Noting that Turkey has become a country that can produce many defense industry products ranging from tanks to cannons, missiles to radar, bombs to rifles, he said: "In the next three to five years, I hope that when we complete our projects … by protecting the country’s climate of stability and trust, we will be at the top of the list in this field."
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.
The Akinci, which to date has made 874 sorties in test and training flights, hit its targets with full accuracy in a July 5 firing test with warhead ammunition developed by Turkish rocket producer Roketsan.