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Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

Turkiye | 2025

"The Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma is a planned UCAV originating from the nation of Turkey and intended primarily for its armed forces."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
1 x Ivchenko AI-25LTL non-afterburning turbofan engine developing 3,500lb of thrust.
559 mph
900 kph | 486 kts
Max Speed
35,007 ft
10,670 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
590 miles
950 km | 513 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
9,259 lb
(4,200 kg)
Empty Weight
13,228 lb
(6,000 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) .
Undisclosed at time of publication. Assumed Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs) such as laser-guided bombs, smart bombs, and the like as well as air-to-surface missiles for defeating armor and structures.
Notable series variants as part of the Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma family line.
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Kale-Baykar Makina is a leading Unmanned Air System (UAS) provider based in Turkey. Its Bayraktar TB2 (detailed elsewhere on this site) has been making recent headlines over Ukraine during the Russian invasion of its neighbor and in actions across the previous Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan - events having solidified this product (and its manufacturer) as a serious global player in the crowded UAV/UAS/UCAV market. Now the company has turned its attention to more advanced products including its "Fighter UAV" - the "Kizilelma".

This classification indicates an "all-in-one", radar-equipped system intended to cover many of the facets associated with modern warplanes including air-to-air combat, general reconnaissance, and ground attack - all through an unmanned arrangement (by default reducing pilot risk in active airspaces). The aircraft is being developed with maritime operations in mind and will therefore be "carrier friendly" from the outset - playing well into Turkey's desire (and its allies) to field helicopter carriers in its naval fleet.

A first-flight of the system is expected sometime in 2023 with series introduction following thereafter. The Turkish Armed Forces are perceived as the initial operating customer.

As drawn up, the Kizilelma certainly looks the part of advanced, modern fighter. It has a streamlined overall appearance with side-mounted intakes used to aspirate the single Ivchenko (Ukrainian) AI-25TLT turbofan engine. Canards are set forward of the mainplanes which are straight, tapering members positioned aft of midships. The vertical planes are a pair of outward-canted surfaces for agility and control. A wheeled, retractable tricycle landing gear will allow for ground- / deck-running or the air vehicle. For deck ops, a tail hook and folding wing mainplanes are assumed.

As it stands in March of 2022, the Kizilelma is planned with a combat radius of 575 miles operating at altitudes under 35,000 feet through a 5-hour endurance window while cruising near 460 miles-per-hour. The aircraft will be rated at 12,000lb for Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) giving it the flexibility to take on various war loads up to 1,500lb. This will be made up of in-service solutions such as Precision-Guided Munitions (PGMs), laser-guided bombs, air-to-surface missiles and the like.

Advanced, planned features include complete autonomy apart from ground operators in both take-off and landing actions, low observability to modern radar systems, and inherent agility common to modern fighter aircraft. The nose is set to house an all-modern Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar.

The air vehicle will be able to operate through both Line-of-Sight (LoS) and Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) of the ground control station and have the ability to be launched and retrieved from the flight deck of aircraft / helicopter carriers.

With the success of other Baykar unmanned products, the Kizilelma stands as the next logical evolution of the Bayraktar series and there will be no shortage of global suitors awaiting the arrival of the air vehicle - should it come to fruition.

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November 2022 - It was revealed that the company had started ground-testing its Kizilelma UCAV.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Baykar Bayraktar Kizilelma. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Kale-Baykar Makina - Turkey
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Image from official Baykar Makina marketing materials.

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