Turkey is aiming to develop a heavy unmanned combat air vehicle by 2027, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told the press on February 24. This development programme is to be enabled by an interim design, the Baykar Makina Akinci, planned to enter production in 2021. It will be a development of the current Bayraktar TB2 weapons-capable UAV.
The Akinci will be turboprop powered, with a maximum altitude of 40,000ft (12,192m). Designed to have a payload of 900kg (1,984lb) externally and 450kg (992lb) internally, it will be able to carry four missiles or bombs rather than the two carried by the TB2.