Ankara ready to export drones and UAVs to New Delhi in ‘fresh start’ for India-Turkey relations

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Turkish company Zyrone Dynamics, which offers unique drone solutions using advanced technologies, is about to ship its ZCQM multirotor mini-drone to India.

Before the end of the year, Zyrone will ship the first multi-rotor mini drone and subsequent deliveries will continue in batches through 2022. Nearly 100 drones are expected to be delivered next year by the company, reported Anadolu Agency (AA).

The company will conduct demonstration flights for defense tenders in India in March 2022 and also plans to expand to countries in the Far East.

Zyrone Dynamics has completed international military certification processes for the ZCQM platform, which has been evaluated in a variety of weather conditions including desert, sandstorms, arctic cold, heavy downpours and snowstorms , among others, and has met all international military requirements. certified (MIL-STD-810G).

Mini UAV ‘ZCQM’ – Via Twitter

As the weather tests are now complete, flight tests in different environments will be undertaken. The ZCQM mini multirotor drone broke its own record by reaching an altitude of 1.2 kilometers above the ground, increasing time in the air from 10 minutes to 80 minutes. Drones in this category can usually fly at a height of 400 meters.

India’s participation

The Indian Embassy in Turkey tweeted on August 18 hinting at a “fresh start”. The embassy was responding to reports that an Indian company had invested in a Turkish drone maker. On the sidelines of the International Defense Industries Exhibition (IDEF) in Istanbul, DCM Shriram sign a partnership agreement with Zyrone Dynamics of Turkey.

DCM Shriram invested approximately $1 million in Zyrone Dynamics, acquiring a 30% stake in the company. Murat Kanber, the co-founder of Zyrone Dynamics, was quoted by Turkish news agency Anadolu as saying, “The expectation of both parties is the creation of products for civilian use, especially for cargo transportation… Now, Zyrone will sell its products to India and its neighbors. in the Asian market, after which he also hopes to export drones to Europe and Australia.

“The partnership is more than just an investment,” said Rudra Shriram on behalf of DCM Shriram. “It is about developing a global drone company for various applications in the civil and military fields.”

According to the agreement, the Indian firm subscribe to 30% of the capital of the foreign company, consisting of 25715 shares, for a total investment of approximately 1 million USD, subject to the authorization required by FEMA for foreign investments.

During the partnership period, Zyrone Dynamics will provide the company with technology support for two drone variants at different intervals, and both parties will assist each other in marketing the products in India and globally.

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Mini UAV ‘ZCQM’ – Via Twitter

Zyrone Dynamics is a company specializing in small rotary-wing drones. The company has promoted small drones that it calls “variable volume” drones. A variable-volume drone parallels a “tilt-rotor” aircraft, such as the American V-22 Osprey, which can take off and land like a helicopter but can tilt its rotors forward in flight and fly like a normal airplane. , combining the operational versatility of a helicopter with the speed of a fixed-wing aircraft.

According to a CNN report“A variable-volume UAV… can hover like a rotary-wing UAV while navigating long distances and at high altitudes like a fixed-wing UAV. In this way, the aircraft can perform necessary maneuvers and hover in the air during missions requiring a limited area and short range. It can perform tasks that start in congested locations and end in rural areas without requiring the use of another platform.”

Turkey, a drone superpower?

Although the United States was the world’s largest user of combat drones for more than a decade, the technology is now in the hands of several countries. The procedure for acquiring armed Predator and Reaper drones in the United States is still long and complicated due to the control of Congress and the military.

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A Bayraktar TB2 drone at IDEF 2015 – Wikimedia Commons

This may have prompted many countries to turn to China, which has sold the CH-4 drones to nearly a dozen countries although the Chinese UCAV is less sophisticated than the Reaper.

Turkey, on the other hand, has recently emerged as a new force in delivering advanced armed drones to other countries. Last year, the Turkish military deployed drones in Syria and Libya, where Ankara supported the Tripoli-based government against eastern forces backed by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Drones were crucial in helping Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan defeat Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict last year. Turkey’s rise as a drone-making giant has coincided with its growing self-sufficiency in defense production, necessitated by the sheer number of sanctions and embargoes Ankara faces.

But it nevertheless pushed the country to develop its own defense products, reducing its dependence on foreign powers to meet its needs.

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