Turkey seems to have solved its drone engine problem

Between the sanctioning of Ankara by Washington and the European Union at the beginning of the years, and the withdrawal of the export authorization for Rotax engines decided by the Canadian company Bombardier, the Turkish aeronautics industry seemed in a very bad way, and this especially since it has to meet deadlines of deliveries already tight, both vis-à-vis the national armed forces and export. And even if apparently the Turkish authorities seem to want to ease tensions with Washington and Brussels, many subjects of strong tension persist, in Iraq for example.

However, it may well be that Turkish manufacturers have found a solution in the field of aircraft engines. Not by turning to Russia, as had been discussed for a moment, probably more out of defiance of Washington than out of expediency. Nor, moreover, by a national solution that came out of we do not know where and presented as the product of the excellence of Turkish engineering, as the state communication of Ankara has several times tried to make believe. But vis-à-vis Ukraine, whose aeronautics industry is now looking for outlets to maintain itself. Indeed, recent photos published on Twitter show 3 Akinci drones assembled and obviously equipped with 2 AI-450C turboprop engines from the Ukrainian Ivchenko Progress, Motor Sich subsidiary.

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The 3 Bayraktar Akinci drones are equipped with Ukrainian AI-450C turboprop engines of 750 hp each.

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