On April 18, the Libyan National Army (LNA) shot down a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).
In an official statement, the army said the UCAV took off from the Mitiga International Airport, where Turkish forces are known to be stationed. The UCAV was shot down south of the capital, Tripoli.
LNA sources released two videos of the UCAV, which didn’t appear to be armed. The UCAV was likely on a reconnaissance mission or returning from a combat mission, possibly around the town of Tarhunah which was under attack by Turkish-backed forces.
The Bayraktar TB2, introduced by Turkey’s Bayraktar in 2014, has an endurance of 24 hours and an operational range of 150 km. The UCAV can be armed with up to four MAM-L or MAM-C small-diameter laser-guided munitions.
According to Libyan observers, at least 29 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs have been shot down in Libya since November of 2019.
Downed Turkish #Bayraktar #TB2 UAVs over Libyan airspace.
Not counting hit on runway or hangers or other types of UAV.
The Libyan National Army #LNA #Libya
— M.LNA (@LNA2019M) April 18, 2020
While the LNA is claiming that these drones are being shot down by its air-defense units, many experts believe that UAE forces are targeting Turkish drones with Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air-defense systems. In mid-2019, the UAE deployed systems of this type in Libya.