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Bayraktar TB3 flies with ASELFLIR-500

Bayraktar TB3 UAV, Baykar’s indigenous and original aircraft, successfully completed its first flight test with the indigenous electro-optical system ASELFLIR-500 – the best in its class.

The testing process of the Bayraktar TB3 Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which Baykar developed indigenously and originally, continues successfully. The indigenous UAV successfully completed its 25th flight test with the ASELFLIR-500 electro-optical system, which is the best in its class.


The Bayraktar TB3 UAV flew for the first time with the ASELFLIR-500, developed indigenously by Aselsan, during the Medium Altitude System Identification and Performance Test conducted at the AKINCI Flight Training and Test Center in Çorlu, Tekirdağ.

During the test, the integration of the ASELFLIR-500 Electro-Optical Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting System, which outperforms its global counterparts, was successfully completed. The Bayraktar AKINCI UAV, conducting training flights during the test, was tracked by ASELFLIR-500.


The second prototype (PT-2) of the Bayraktar TB3 Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, conducted at the AKINCI Flight Training and Test Center in Çorlu-Tekirdağ, successfully completed its first flight test last week and united with the sky.


The Bayraktar TB3 UAV has successfully conducted 25 flight tests to date. Having completed a total of 196 hours of flight during test flights, the Bayraktar TB3 has successfully passed the High-Altitude System Performance Tests many times by flying above 30,000 feet altitude. The Bayraktar TB3 UAV, which has successfully completed tests measuring system and endurance performance, is powered by TEI’s indigenous PD-170 engine.



The Bayraktar TB3 UAV will be the world’s first armed unmanned aerial vehicle capable of taking off from- and landing on short-runway vessels like TCG Anadolu with its foldable wing structure. Selçuk Bayraktar, Baykar’s Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, announced that they plan to start tests with TCG Anadolu for Bayraktar TB3 within 2024.

The capabilities that Bayraktar TB3 will possess will be an important innovation for unmanned aerial vehicles in this class. With beyond-line-of-sight communication capability, the indigenous UAV will be controllable from very long distances. Thus, with reconnaissance-surveillance, intelligence, and the attack missions it carries out against overseas targets with its smart munitions, it will have a multiplier effect on Türkiye’s deterrent power.


Baykar, which has self-financed all its projects since its establishment, obtained 83% of its total revenue from exports since the beginning of the UAV R&D process in 2003. According to the Turkish Exporters Assembly’s (TIM) 2021 and 2022 data, Baykar became the top exporter in the defense and aerospace sector.


The Defense Industry Agency announced that Baykar was the top exporter within the sector in 2023 with $1.8 billion. Baykar, which generated more than 90% of its revenue from exports in recent years, single-handedly accounted for one third of the defense and aerospace sector’s exports in 2023. Export agreements have been signed with a total of 34 countries –including 33 countries for the Bayraktar TB2 UAV and 9 countries for the Bayraktar AKINCI UCAV.

Source: TurkishDefenceNews.com

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