The Bayraktar, a tactical drone developed by two privately owned Turkish companies, Kale and Baykar, is ready for delivery to the Turkish military, procurement officials said.

The first Bayraktar could be delivered before the end of the year, and the initial batch of six drones will have been delivered in the first half of 2015, they said.

The Bayraktar went through its first fully automatic flight test at a military airport in Kesan in northwestern Turkey April 29. The Bayraktar flew for three hours at an altitude of 18,750 feet. On June 14, the drone reached an altitude of 27,000 feet and flew for six-and-a-half hours. […]