A new model of the Bayraktar Kizilelma supersonic drone can be produced at a plant that the Turkish company Baykar Makina is building in Ukraine, the general director of the company Haluk Bayraktar said, reports UNIAN.
He said the company plans to produce a new unmanned aerial vehicle Bayraktar Kizilelma at its plant in Ukraine, in addition to drones Bayraktar TB2 and Bayraktar Akinci.
On March 16, the Turkish company began assembling a prototype of its first drone, the MIUS (Muharip Insansiz Ucak Sistemi - Unmanned Combat Aircraft System) fighter. It is also called Kizilelma. Its first flight is scheduled for 2023. At the same time, the supplier of the AI-322F turbojet engine for these vehicles in accordance with the contract concluded in November 2021 is the Ukrainian state enterprise "Ivchenko-Progress" (a part of the concern "Ukroboronprom").
The director general also said that the company has already started building a factory for the production of Turkish Bayraktar drones.
On February 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Kiev. During his visit eight interstate documents were signed, including an agreement on cooperation in high-tech, aviation and space spheres, which will allow to build a factory for the production and maintenance of Bayraktar in Ukraine. On July 19, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft law on ratification of the agreement with Turkey. On 8 August, the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar, said that Baykar Makina had bought a land plot in Ukraine for the construction of the plant.