Bayraktar hints at kill switch in combat drones — RT World News

Turkish drone maker Baykar “dominates” its tech software, says the company’s CTO

Türkiye’s defense company Baykar has brushed off concerns that, as it ramps up exports, its attack drones could one day turn against Ankara, with the airline’s chief executive. The company’s head suggests that all necessary precautions have been taken to prevent military technology from falling into the hands of a potential attacker. enemy.

Speak in one interview with the TV100 earlier this week, Baykar’s president and chief technology officer, Selcuk Bayraktar, explained that the company first sells combat drones only to countries with “close relationship” or one “strategic alliance” with Türkiye, and therefore not “expectations” a stab in the back.

“You also know that these are high-tech devices and you equip the software for the high-tech devices. Only those who develop that technology will dominate the software.” he morewithout building.

Baykar has also taken steps to prevent hackers from taking over and causing harm with its UAVs, the CTO explained. “Of course, we have special measures regarding information security,” Bayraktar told Candas host Tolga Isik. “Now you know that in this age, nations are also attacked. We’re taking special measures against all of this, and it’s a race too.”

The drone maker has come into the spotlight globally after Azerbaijan deployed its Bayraktar TB2s against Armenia to great effect in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 2020. Heads have been sold to more than a dozen countries, with Baykar’s exports growing 78% last year to $1.18 billion. At the same time, the company ensures that Türkiye’s army receives the UAV at a third of the price abroad, Bayraktar said.

Ukraine also buys dozens of TB2 attack drones prior to The conflict with Russia began last February, with officials in Kiev claiming the weapons would give them an advantage on the battlefield against the Donbass regions. Over the past year, Kiev is said to have received an unspecified number of additional drones, despite Türkiye’s official neutrality over the conflict.

The Russian Defense Ministry claims that since Russia began its military operation, most of Ukraine’s TB2 squadron has been destroyed. During a prank call in October, a Ukrainian official describe them like “first and foremost a PR project” and talk “All of them were shot down within a week.”

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