The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced that they aim to further strengthen the air force fleet by increasing the number of unmanned aerial vehicles to 4.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli stated that the General Directorate of Forestry has undertaken great works and drew attention to the forest existence. Minister Pakdemirli said that in the last 18 years, one and a half times the afforestation made in the previous 57 years, 5.4 billion saplings were planted in 5.1 million hectares of land, in other words, an area as large as Bosnia-Herzegovina was afforested,
“In 2020, we use a total of 27 vehicles, including 2 water-throwing helicopters, 1 amphibious aircraft, 6 unmanned aerial vehicle, 2 administrative helicopters, in forest fires-fighting services. For the first time in our country, we started using UAVs to fight forest fires, except for military purposes. We strengthened our communication system in combating forest fires and established the Fire-CELL Communication System. Thanks to the Navigation Tracking Digital System, online tracking of fire extinguishers and service vehicles via satellite will be provided. "
The number of UAVs in response to fires will be increased to 4
Forest fire fight in Europe for the first time Unmanned Air Vehicles in Turkey (UAV) is being used in specifying Minister Pakdemirli, "of both teams intervention, as well as the guidance of the team point we saw very good. With a UAV, 600-800 thousand hectares can be scanned instantaneously, and 1 to 3 million hectares in 3.5 minute. Thus, fires are detected in the fastest way possible and access to the region is provided in a short time. said.
Minister Pakdemirli stated that they aim to further strengthen the air force fleet with 2021 amphibious aircraft and 5 helicopters in 30, and stated that they plan to increase the number of UAVs to 4.
Bayraktar TB2s Entered the Ministry's Inventory
The UAV system Bayraktar TB2, developed and produced by Baykar Defense, was announced on June 18, 2020, when it entered the inventory of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Regarding the subject, Minister Pakdemirli said, "We are starting to use UAVs for the first time this year to detect forest fires." he had explained.
In the statement made on the social media account of Baykar Defense Twitter: “Bayraktar TB2, our national UAV, will also take part in combating forest fires after its security and humanitarian aid missions. Bayraktar TB2 UAV will fly 7/24 to monitor 3.5 million hectares of forest area against fire danger. " expressions were included.
"This year, we will start using UAVs for the first time"
In a written statement he made in July 2020, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry said that they determined 3 basic strategies in combating forest fires. Bekir Pakdemirli said, “The first of these is prevention, that is training and awareness raising activities that will prevent fires. Let's not forget that 88 percent of forest fires are caused by human beings and this rate can only be reduced by education, awareness and attention. " he said.