The Bayraktar TB3 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), developed by the Turkish defense industry heavyweightBaykar Technology, successfully completed its fourth flight test. Meanwhile, GOKBEY, a domestic helicopter developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), made a high-altitude flight and reached 20,000 feet (6,000 meters).
"Bayraktar TB3 flew for 6 hours in its 4th flight test," Selçuk Bayraktar, Baykar's chief technology officer (CTO), announced on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
The UCAV's previous flight test was on Nov. 4 in stormy weather when it flew for five hours. The aerial vehicle is set to be the first UCAV in the world with the ability to take off and land from short-runway ships such as TCG Anadolu with its foldable wing structure.
Meanwhile, GOKBEY, the indigenous helicopter developed by Turkish engineers at TAI, has achieved new milestones as well. GOKBEY Helicopter, which made its first flight on Sept. 6, 2018, reached the maximum service altitude of 20,000 feet for the first time.
During the one hour long test, GOKBEY Helicopter performed both twin-engine and single-engine flights at this altitude.
"GOKBEY successfully completed two more tests. It flew at an altitude of 20,000 feet and reached the maximum service altitude. It also successfully passed the single-engine test during the flight with twin engines," TAI shared on their social media accounts.