Bayraktar Mini UAV

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Bayraktar Mini UAV
Role Miniature UAV
National origin Turkey
Manufacturer Baykar Makina
First flight October 2006
Primary user Turkish Armed Forces
Produced 2005
Number built 500

Bayraktar Mini UAV is a Miniature UAV produced by Turkish company Baykar.[1][2]


Bayraktar's operation

With the concept of short range day and night aerial reconnaissance and surveillance applications, system design activities started within 2004. Initial prototype Bayraktar A has been developed in 2005, and following successful autonomous flight demonstrations, Baykar has been awarded with a contract to start serial production. After hundreds of trials and feed backs, system was subject to major modifications. As a result, Bayraktar B Mini UAV Systems[citation needed] fielded and became operational in 2007 to serve initially for Turkish Armed Forces.[3] Due to its success in the region, the system was purchased by the Qatar Armed Forces in 2012.[4][5]


Mobile GCS
Bayraktar snow condition

Bayraktar-B is a hand-launched, portable UAV system, designed to operate under harsh geographic and meteorological conditions.[6][7] Bayraktar-B is fielded with small army units, and as of 2012 have recorded more than 50,000 flight hours. System offers a complete autonomy with protective features with a high rank of reliability and easiness for the operators, which makes it a valuable technological asset.[citation needed]

Main features are:

  • Automatic waypoint navigation
  • Secure digital communication
  • Home Return and automatic parachute landing in case of lost communication
  • Smart battery management system
  • Remote-range command/control and monitor (WAN Relay)
  • Ground control switching
  • Automatic take off
  • Automatic cruising
  • Automatic belly landing / parachute deployment
  • Joystick assisted semi-automatic control
  • Automatic stall control in case of electric motor dysfunction
  • Automatic spin control in case of very harsh wind conditions
  • Real-time Google Earth integration (display of telemetry data, routes etc. in real-time)
Battery Charge Module
  • On-screen video display
  • Target coordinate estimation within 10 meters accuracy
  • Automatic tracking antenna system

Operational history[edit]

Bayraktar Mini UAS is operational since 2007.[citation needed]

  • Suleyman Sah Tomb located in Syria is protected with Bayraktar Mini.[8]
  • ISIS convoy detected by Bayraktar Mini and hit by Firtina.[9]
  • Enhancing Situational Awareness for Baykar UAV using FLIR’s Tau Core[10]


Specification Bayraktar A Bayraktar B Notes
Length 1.2 meters 1.2 meters
Wing Span 1.6 meters 1.9 meters (2.5 meters optional)
Weight 3.5 kg 4.5 kg
Power / Source Electric / Battery Electric / Battery
Take Off Hand Launch Hand Launch
Landing Belly Landing Belly Landing / Parachute Landing
Communication Range 10 km 15 km (With Auto Tracking Antenna System)
Endurance > 60 minutes > 60 minutes (with 1000 meters operational Altitude)
Operational Altitude 1000 ft 3000 ft
Maximum Altitude 12000 ft 12000 ft
Cruise Speed 70 km/hour 55 km/hour
Payload 1 CCD Camera (Fixed Mount) CCD Camera (Tilt Axis Movement) CCD Camera (2 Axis Movement)
Payload 2 Thermal Camera (Fixed Mount) Thermal Camera (Tilt Axis Movement) Thermal Camera (2 Axis Movement)
Structure Composite material Composite material
Operating Crew 2 2




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  2. ^ "The three brothers who produced the 'Bayraktar'". 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  3. ^ Turkish army orders mini-UAVs Archived 2013-10-03 at the Wayback Machine, ', 8 August 2006
  4. ^ "Turkey sells mini drones to Qatar". 2012-03-13. Archived from the original on 2014-08-09.
  5. ^ "Procurement: Turkey Exports UAVs". 2012-03-19. Archived from the original on 2014-08-09.
  6. ^ Turkey's Kalebaykar reveals VTOL UAV demonstrator test programme Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine, ', 14 August 2006
  7. ^ Bayraktar Mini UAV system brochure Archived July 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Baykar Makina
  8. ^ "Suleyman Sah to be protected by Bayraktar Mini UAV". 5 May 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Bayraktar detected and Firtina hit". 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Enhancing Situational Awareness for Baykar UAV using FLIR's Tau Core". Archived from the original on 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  11. ^ "Qatar Purchases 10 Bayraktar sUAV from Turkey". 2012-03-14. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13.
  12. ^ "Middle East UAV landscape up in the air". 12 November 2012. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Warplanes: Turkish UAV Exports". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-08-22.

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