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The producer of “Bayraktar” showcases an updated prototype of MIUS UAV with a Ukrainian-made Engine (Photo)

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The manufacturer says that the new drone is intended to provide an advanced air defense with aim to gain air superiority.

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

Baykar Defense, a company that is globally known for its highly successful Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicle, has completed the development and assembly of the second prototype of the mysterious MIUS jet-driven drone, which is also known under the name Kızılelma. It is highly likely that this unmanned aerial vehicle could become the first unmanned jet fighter of this kind.

The new prototype has already been showcased in the TeknoFest exhibition in the Turkish city of Samsun. According to the tweet from Baykar Makina technical director Selchuk Bayraktar, MIUS UAV is already ready for practical flight tests.

 

There are not many disclosed technical details related to this new drone model. But the main feature was disclosed officially: MIUS will use two types of jet engines, AI-322F and AI-25TLT, both manufactured by the Ukrainian company Motor Sich.

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

The basic version of MIUS is expected to reach a flight velocity of about 800 km/h, with a total flight duration of up to 5 hours, reaching altitudes up to 12 km. There are also unconfirmed statements that advanced versions of this machine would be able to fly at supersonic speeds.

This drone is not small – it will be able to carry approximately 1 ton of payload, which means that the drone will be capable of using regular types of weaponry, including full-size missiles. If confirmed, such technical features would put MIUS in a direct competition with regular fighter jets.

The exact dimensions of MIUS are not known, but they can be inferred approximately from the officially shared images posted in this article.

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

The remaining technical characteristics of MIUS combat UAV also remain unknown, except for the fact that MIUS should be able to act as a “wingmate” in a pair with a manned fighter aircraft.

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter

The MIUS UAV prototype. Image credit: Selçuk Bayraktar via Twitter



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