Turkey's Innovation Week is currently bringing together people across the world as well as leaders within the Turkish technology and engineering community. One panel hosted by the talented Selçuk Bayraktar on the 3rd of May garnered fascinating insights in the Turkish Aviation Industry and what is to come in the near future. Let's take a quick dive into his speech.
Turkish Aviation Industry
For the uninitiated, Selçuk Bayraktar has some impressive feats under his belt with his most notable accomplishment being the design of the TB2 and its control system. The Bayraktar Tactical UAS is a surveillance and reconnaissance system initially developed for the armed forces.
The unmanned combat air vehicle has set multiple records including autonomous flight endurance when it flew 24 hours and 34 minutes at 18,000 feet on 5 August 2014. Bayraktar also holds the altitude record with 27,030 feet on its flight on 14 June 2014 with full payload weight.
However, as mentioned by Selçuk Bayraktar impressive technological feats like these are nothing new for the Turkish people and its long extensive history. Turkish Aviation Engineering is rooted in the 16th century with it coming full circle by the early 1900s with the ‘Tamtaş Bombardıman’ Aircraft Factory, Nuri Demirağ Aircraft Factory producing short flight planes. Yet, Turkish Aviation has grandeur aspirations that extend to Mars.
Bayraktar shared his vision of the future believing innovation in Turkish Aviation manifests itself in various waves or the development of breakthrough technologies and the need to constantly push forward. Bayraktar cited the F35 as one of the most sophisticated airplanes made by people, yet the next wave of technological developments will bring unmanned planes.
On a national level, the drone engineer proposes that due to the rise of the importance of drones across the globe it is important to dedicate resources and research to locally manufacturing both software and hardware for UAVs and push the field forward. Currently, Turkey is working to do just that and the creation of the TB2 drone illustrates the power of that type of investment.
Some of the most recent Turkish 2019 National Technology gains boasts some impressive numbers including 4,916 new companies formed, 2.4 billion dollars in high technology exports, and the emergence of 137,000 people working on R&D centers.