Considered one of the most advanced combat drones in the world, the Bayraktar TB2 is being key to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine will receive another shipment of Turkish drones to stop the Russian offensive, in addition to the Stinger and Javelin missiles sent by several European countries, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov confirmed on Wednesday.
Turkey has sold several batches of Bayraktar TB2 drones to Kiev, a combat drone designed and manufactured in Turkey with its own technology, which had previously been used successfully in the fight against pro-Russian separatists in Donbas, as well as in other conflicts such as Libya, Syria or the Caucasus. The Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara, Vasyl Bodnar, acknowledged a few days ago that the Bayraktar are being key to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
With a cost of more than 5 million dollars per unit, and considered one of the most advanced combat drones in the world, the Bayraktar TB2 can fly at an altitude of more than 8,200 metres and has a flight range of up to 27 hours, being able to operate both during day and night. With a wingspan of 12 metres, it can carry a load of 150 kilos and among its weapons it’s included intelligent micro ammunition, anti-tank air-to-ground missiles, and laser-guided missiles.
Under an agreement between Ankara and Kiev, Ukraine also produces part of these Turkish drones on its own territory. The Bayraktar TB2 has been acquired by other countries such as Qatar, Azerbaijan, Morocco, or even by Poland, which in May 2021 became the first EU and NATO country to buy military drones from Turkey.
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