Bayraktar DİHA — Vertical Take-Off and Landing Reconnaissance Drone Can Remain in the Air for Up to 12 Hours

The Bayrak­tar DIHA ver­ti­cal take-off unmanned aer­i­al vehi­cle suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed a work­ing flight at an alti­tude of 2438.4 meters. DİHA, which con­tin­ues test­ing with the indige­nous Baykush engine devel­oped by Erin Motor, will be able to take off and land on mov­ing plat­forms.

Bayrak­tar DİHA, designed for recon­nais­sance mis­sions, will be able to per­form auto­mat­ic flight, autonomous take­off, and autonomous land­ing. It takes off and lands using four elec­tric motors. The device then per­forms its nor­mal flight with a gaso­line inter­nal com­bus­tion engine. Thus, thanks to its hybrid struc­ture, it can stay in the air for up to 12 hours, which is more than any elec­tric air­craft can do.

Bayrak­tar DİHA switch­es to reg­u­lar flight mode after take­off with elec­tric motors, and in reg­u­lar flight mode only the fuel engine remains active.

The drone has three land­ing modes: ver­ti­cal land­ing, fuse­lage land­ing and para­chute land­ing.

DİHA has a flight con­trol sys­tem that can per­form auto­mat­ic route track­ing, tar­get track­ing, cir­cling modes and return to home.

This is an impor­tant sys­tem for use in guid­ing artillery instal­la­tions with laser guid­ance capa­bil­i­ties. Togeth­er with DİHA, the guid­ance accu­ra­cy of guid­ed artillery and mis­siles will increase.

With ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing capa­bil­i­ties, DİHA pro­vides oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty in nar­row spaces and pro­vides com­mu­ni­ca­tions over a dis­tance of up to 150 kilo­me­ters, and the Bayrak­tar DİHA’s low fuel con­sump­tion gaso­line engine ensures high endurance.

Pay­load capac­i­ty – 5 kg. Thanks to a day cam­era, a ther­mal cam­era, a laser point­er and a rangefind­er, the device can coor­di­nate troops on the ground. The drone has a take-off weight of 50 kg. The wingspan is 5 meters, DİHA can per­form ver­ti­cal takeoff/landing from an area of ​​20 by 20 meters.

The oper­at­ing height for Bayrak­tar DİHA is 2743.2 meters, but it can rise to a height of up to 4572 meters. The drone reach­es speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Ser­i­al pro­duc­tion and deliv­er­ies of Bayrak­tar DİHA are planned for 2023.

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