They said the Karayel, developed by the privately-owned firm Vestel Savunma, is now ready to enter the Turksh military's inventory.
Officials with privately-owned firm Vestek Savunma said the Karayel drone is ready to enter the Turkish military's inventory.
The Karayel is an unmanned air vehicle system designed for aerial observation. The Karayel began test flights in 2009. Remote sensing systems on board are able to detect a target and mark for laser-guided munitions. All phases of the flight, take-off, landing and flight profile are performed autonomously. Its payload bay is configurable for military and civilian applications.
Under a 2011 contract Vestel will procure six aircraft to the Turkish military together with four sets of payload and perform the entire integration work.
"The program aims to minimize Turkey's dependence on foreign drone systems," Vestel Savunma's general director, Aziz Sipahi, told reporters. "The aircraft features maximum local content."
Burak Ege Bekdil is a Turkey correspondent for Defense News. He has written for Hurriyet Daily News, and worked as Ankara bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Middle East Quarterly and Gatestone Institute.