The production development model of the first prototype of the unmanned fighter aircraft, which was developed nationally and originally by Baykar, entered the integration line. Baykar also announced that it named the vehicle developed within the scope of the Combat Unmanned Aircraft System (MİUS) project as Bayraktar KIZILELMA, in the press release published on 12 March. Bayraktar KIZILELMA is being developed to perform aggressive manoeuvres and have an advanced artificial intelligence.
Selçuk Bayraktar, Technology Leader of Baykar explained the reason why the unmanned fighter aircraft was named as KIZILELMA: “KIZILELMA is actually a goal that goes further and always pursued as you chase it. It will always carry us forward and into the future. With Bayraktar KIZILELMA, we want our nation, which has lived free for centuries, to take its righteous place in the skies and in space by developing high technology with the vision of the National Technology Move. We know that the conquests we need today are the conquest of hearts and we are talking about mercy, freedom and justice. Developing high technology in order to bring humanity together with these values is an indispensable rule. For this reason, the National Technology Move has a critical importance. Since we think that KIZILELMA will serve our nation and humanity, we decided on this name, which comes from the past of our ancient civilization. The world is watching the last manned combat aircraft with 5th generation fighters. Manned warplanes will no longer be developed. From now on, the most powerful elements of the battlefield will be unmanned systems. We are also working to make our country exist in the races of the future.”
Bayraktar KIZILELMA’s conceptual design studies were shared with the public for the first time on 20 July 2021. It was also announced for the first time on this date that the aircraft would be capable of landing and taking off on ships with short runways. After 8 months, Bayraktar KIZILELMA entered the integration line at the facilities located in Özdemir Bayraktar National UAV R&D and Production Campus.
Bayraktar KIZILELMA will have the ability to land and take off on ships with short runways, such as the ANADOLU ship, which Turkey has built and is currently conducting cruise tests and will also be able to undertake overseas missions.
Air Combat with Aggressive Manoeuvres
Unlike UAVs such as Bayraktar TB2 and Bayraktar AKINCI, Bayraktar KIZILELMA will be able to conduct air-to-air combat like manned warplanes with its aggressive manoeuvres. With the experience gained from Bayraktar TB2 and Bayraktar AKINCI, the aircraft, of which development work continues entirely by Turkish engineers and technicians, will provide effectiveness against air targets with domestic air-to-air munitions.
Low Radar Visibility
The feature of having a low radar cross section, which is considered as one of the most critical issues in the design processes of manned warplanes, was also taken into consideration in the design of Bayraktar KIZILELMA. Bayraktar KIZILELMA is aimed to have a take-off weight of 6 tons. It is aimed that the aircraft, which will be able to use all kinds of ammunition developed nationally by Turkish engineers, will have a payload capacity of 1,500 kilograms. Bayraktar KIZILELMA, which is aimed to stay in the air for 5 hours with a 500 nautical miles mission radius, will also be integrated with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
First Flight in 2023
Baykar aims to carry out the first flight test of Bayraktar KIZILELMA in 2023. Bayraktar AKINCI UCAV entered the integration line in 2018 and successfully completed its first flight on 6 December 2019, a year later. AKINCI entered the inventory on 29 August 2021; approximately one and a half year, after its first flight and started its operational duty. It is aimed to carry out a similar project process for Bayraktar KIZILELMA by the Baykar team, led by Selçuk Bayraktar.