Baykar signs a major contract for Akinci drones with with Saudi Arabia

By Defence Industry Europe

Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar has inked the largest defence deal in Turkish history with Saudi Arabia, according to Haluk Bayraktar, the general manager of the company. In a tweet on Tuesday, Bayraktar announced that Baykar and the Saudi Defence Ministry have signed an agreement for the sale of Baykar's combat drone, Akinci.

The deal was signed between Bayraktar and Halid Bin Huseyin El Bayari, the deputy Saudi defence minister, as confirmed by Baykar in a statement. Under the agreement, Akinci drones will be added to the inventory of the Saudi air and naval forces, and Baykar will provide technical, logistic, and training support to the armed forces.





The collaboration between the two countries will extend to technology transfer and joint production in the future.



Akinci drones have already been acquired by four NATO member countries and two EU member countries. Akinci is a versatile drone capable of carrying various payloads and is equipped with dual artificial intelligence avionics. It possesses the capability to perform operations comparable to fighter jets, featuring electronic support systems, dual satellite communication systems, air-to-air radar, collision avoidance radar, and synthetic aperture radar. It can be deployed for both air-to-ground and air-to-air attack missions.



The defence deal between Turkey and Saudi Arabia comes as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The two countries have signed a series of agreements covering investment, defence industry cooperation, energy, and communications, among other areas, during President Erdogan’s visit on Monday.



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