Özdemir Bayraktar, board chairperson of Turkish drone magnate Baykar, dubbed the mastermind behind the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development in Turkey, has passed away at the age of 72, according to Daily Sabah.
Haluk Bayraktar, his son and CEO at Baykar, made the grieving announcement via his Twitter account Monday.
“Özdemir Bayraktar, our father, our source of inspiration, has passed away today. He lived a dedicated life without compromising his values. He became one of those who researched and produced with his unyielding determination. He never gave up in the face of injustice, he helped as much as he could. Rest in peace,” the statement read.
Selçuk Bayraktar, his other son and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Baykar also shared a statement via Twitter, saying: “My dear father, my friend, my guide and fellow companion for the cause has passed away. He dedicated his blood, life, health and existence to our nation’s struggle for full independence.”
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