President Ersin Tatar visits Özdemir Bayraktar National Technology Centre in İstanbul

President Ersin Tatar has paid a visit to the Özdemir Bayraktar National Technology Centre in İstanbul where he was briefed about the operations and research and development (R&D) and the design centre where 13 different engineering disciplines work together




During his visit, President Ersin Tatar examined the production and work of UAVs, UCAVs, unmanned helicopters and the recently unveiled pride of Türkiye, the “Red Apple” Unmanned Combat Aircraft.

In his statement about his visit, President Ersin Tatar emphasised the importance of Motherland Türkiye having a “national defence industry”.  He said this is extremely important for Türkiye, which was most notably demonstrated firsthand in Azerbaijan.

Stating that the work conducted at the centre included a significant number of “young engineers who have pioneered their way to achieving higher than world standards,”  President Tatar said that “it would be important to have similar facilities in the TRNC”.

Pointing out that the work at the centre is “very important due to the geopolitical and geostrategic location of the Republic of Türkiye and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," President Tatar stated that he “wholeheartedly believes that much more important work will be carried out under the leadership of Selçuk Bayraktar, ASELSAN and Roketsan in the new century of Türkiye”.

Stating that he had the opportunity to examine, at the production site, the UAVs and UCAVs that Türkiye exports, President Tatar thanked Baykar Chairman of the Board of Directors/Technology Leader (CTO),  T3 Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman and Teknofest Chairman of the Board of Directors Selçuk Bayraktar, Aselsan General Manager Ahmet Akyol and Roketsan General Director Murat İkin.