13/05/11 By Tolga Ozbek Flight International
Turkish manufacturer Kale-Baykar is close to securing the first international sale of its Gozcu mini unmanned air vehicle, with Qatar interested in acquiring the design.
"Our negotiations are on final," Kale-Baykar general manager Haluk Bayraktar said during the IDEF show in Istanbul. The company plans to sell 20 of the aircraft to Qatar, and believes further orders will come from the Middle East region.
Already in use with the Turkish army, the hand-launched, electric-powered Gozcu has a 20km (10.8nm) operating radius. The Turkish coastguard has also expressed interest in the type.