Turkey to take delivery of first new Bayraktar Akıncı drones

The Turkish military will take delivery of its first fully operational Bayraktar Akıncı drones on Sunday, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The Akıncı, built by the private Baykar drone builder, which is owned by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law Selçuk Bayraktar. Erdoğan will likely attend Sunday's event and give a speech. 

The Akıncı, which is Turkish for “raider,” is more advanced than Turkey’s iconic Bayraktar TB2, can fly higher and stay in the air longer as well as carry more missiles, also locally built by Turkey’s Roketsan.

The TB2 drones, the Akıncı’s predecessor, won Turkey decisive military victories in Iraq (against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party group), Syria (against Syrian ground forces in Idlib), and Libya (against General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army group). The drones were also used by the Azerbaijani military against Armenian forces during last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Following these successes, Turkey is exporting TB2 drones to Ukraine and Poland with several other countries expressing interest in procuring the unmanned aircraft.

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