The Baykar company has successfully conducted probably the last test of its new development, the Kızılelma unmanned fighter, before its first full flight. The new UAV took off from the ground for the first time and formally spent about 6 seconds in the air, which is a test on the way to its first flight. At the same time, the aircraft started making its first runs on the runway only on November 20.
The video of the UAV test was released by Selçuk Bayraktar, technical director of Baykar, who noted that the separation from the runway occurred during the landing gear test and noted that Kızılelma is asking for take off. The first flight may be made soon.
Note that according to the plan, the first flight of the UAV was scheduled for 2023, but it seems that Baykar is ahead of the schedule.
We will remind that Kızılelma has an AI-25TLT turbojet engine by the Ukrainian company "Motor Sich". UAV technical characteristics: maximum speed up to 800 km/h, maximum flight duration 5 hours, ceiling - 12 km.
The combat load is 1 ton. It can consist of full-fledged aviation weapons. The main feature of Kızılelma is the ability to conduct aerial combat, for which it can use air-to-air missiles.