Baykar Bayraktar Mini History

In the military sphere the "mini" Unmanned Aerial System (Mini UAS) is a growing offshoot of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) field and involves a man-portable, unmanned system suitable for use at the squad-level - often hand-launched and easily recoverable. Many manufacturers have since jumped at the chance to deliver such a product to the lucrative market and more and more are on the way. For the nation of Turkey, once largely reliant on foreign technology to strengthen its military standing in the Middle East, it is now able to look for solutions from within - and, in 2007, Baykar Makina delivered its homegrown Bayraktar Mini UAS to the Turkish Armed Forces.

A first-flight of this UAS was recorded in October of 2006. Production has since exceeded 500 units.

The Mini UAS supplies ground forces with an easy-to-use, quick-reaction local Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) capability. It features an automatic take-off, landing, and waypoint management system, encrypted communications feeds, and automated tracking. It is hand-launched by the operator and can be managed through a Ground Control Station (GCS) if need be while retrieval is by way of belly-landing or - in emergencies - deployable parachute. The aircraft can be communicated to up to a range of 10 kilometers and the aircraft is cleared to operate at altitudes of 12,000 feet. Endurance is up to 60 minutes.

Dimensions include an overall length of 1. 2 meters and a wingspan of 1. 6 meters. Weight comes in at 3. 5 kilograms. Drive power is from an electric battery operated arrangement.

Two major variants of the Bayraktar have been developed: "Bayraktar A" and "Bayraktar B". The latter has a wider wingspan with slightly enhanced over-battlefield capabilities. The A-model carries a CCD and thermal camera in fixed mountings while the B-model carries the same such arrangement though in trainable mountings for greater tactical flexibility.

Baykar Bayraktar Mini Specification

BASICS

Service Year

2007

Origin

Turkey

Status

ACTIVE

In Active Service.

Crew

0

UNMANNED

Production

210

MANUFACTURER(S)

Kale-Baykar Makina - Turkey

OPERATORS

Turkey

ROLES

Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout

Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.

Unmanned Capability

Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

Length

3. 9 ft

(1. 20 m)

Width/Span

6. 6 ft

(2. 00 m)

POWER & PERFORMANCE

Installed:

1 x Electric Motor

Max Speed

34 mph

(55 kph | 30 kts)

Ceiling

3,002 ft

(915 m | 0 mi)

Range

34 mi

(55 km | 102 nm)

MACH Regime (Sonic)

Sub

Trans

Super

Hyper

HiHyper

ReEntry

RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

ARMAMENT

None. Mission equipment carried for the ISR over-battlefield roles.

VARIANTS

Mini UAS - Base Series Name.

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