With regard to the removal of the F-35 program and Turkey’s Technical Director explained by the US Baykan found in Selcuk Bayraktar he said. Bayraktar said, “We have recently accelerated our National Unmanned Combat Aircraft project. Our goal is to realize the first flight of the prototype of this platform in 2023.”
The US Department of Defense yesterday evening in Ankara, Turkey announced that the official notification that removed the F-35 program.
After this statement, F-35s came back to the agenda and Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar made high quality statements. Bayraktar said that they are speeding up the National Unmanned Combat Aircraft project and that the first flight could take place in 2023.
Bayraktar, who posted a video on his Telegram page, said that they are working in this field and that they hope to fly the prototype of their first aircraft in 2023.
Here are Bayraktar’s explanations:
“Not giving the F-35s seems like a disadvantage for us today, but it may be one of the best things for our national defense industry tomorrow.
Because such a system, which is a foreign mission computer and software that is managed by digital computers whose software we will supply from abroad, which we do not have full knowledge of, and which decides what the trigger pushed by the pilot will do or not, may expose us to serious restrictions in terms of independent use. In addition, we are talking about a project of tens of billions of dollars over the years when procurement, operation and maintenance costs are considered.
Yes, as of today, it will take maybe 15-20 years for us to develop a plane with that lockdown. The procurement, operation, maintenance and maintenance costs of the national platform to be developed will in any case be less than the F-35.
Considering the possible usage restrictions and potential embargoes with a system that will be procured from abroad and has dozens of avionics, flight and mission computers that we do not have a foundation in, the national combat platform will enable us to use it independently.
However, the aircraft that we will have developed after 15-20 years may be one generation behind the aircraft developed until that time.
Instead, we work on low-cost, artificial intelligence-equipped unmanned warplanes, which will be the game-changing power of the future, where the world is already going, and the use of swarm, advanced autonomy and smart use of these systems, as well as our S / UAV platforms. between countries.
As Baykar, we have recently accelerated our National Unmanned Combat Aircraft project with the maturation of our AKINCI platform, which we have been carrying out for the last 4-5 years. Source: Hürriyet