Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar signed Tuesday on a technical procurement contract for MS500 Turboprop engines with Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich.
The agreement was signed between the Haluk Bayraktar, the CEO of Baykar, and Pavlo Kasai, the marketing and sales manager of Motor Sich. The agreement was signed on the side of SAHA EXPO Defense and Aerospace Exhibition.
The MS500 engines will integrated into Baykar’s Akıncı Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), as Haluk Bayraktar stated. He also added that these engines are procured to be an alternative for Ivchenko-progress’s A450 engines which Akıncı UAVs currently runs on.
"MS500 Turboprop engines operate at the same high technological level as the A450 turboshaft engines" Bayraktar clarified.
Bayraktar Akıncı - Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Bayraktar Akinci platform is a strategic class platform which can carry various payloads.
Bayraktar AKINCI is equipped with dual artificial intelligence avionics which supports for signal processing, sensor fusion and situational awareness in real time.
Bayraktar AKINCI is capable of conducting operations that are performed with fighter jets. It carries electronic support systems, dual satellite communication systems, air-to-air radar, collision avoidance radar and synthetic aperture radar.
Bayraktar AKINCI can be used in air-to-ground and air-to-air attack missions as well.
With its triple redundant electronics hardware and software systems Bayraktar AKINCI is capable of carrying the following payloads:
• Mini Smart Munition MAM-L
• Mini Smart Munition MAM – C
• Cirit Missile
• L-UMTAS Missile
• Mini Smart Munition Bozok
• MK-81, MK-82, MK-83 Guided Bombs (JDAM)\
• Wing Assisted Guided Bomb MK-82
• Air-to-Air Missile Gokdogan and Bozdogan
• Stand-Off Missile SOM-A
Bayraktar AKINCI will be equipped with multifunction AESA Radar system for air-to-air, synthetic, meteorology estimation.