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UAE Wants To Buy 120 Bayraktar Combat Drones From Turkey – Report

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UAE Wants To Buy 120 Bayraktar Combat Drones From Turkey – Report

Bayrakdar TB2 UCAV, source: ssb.gov.tr

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is negotiating the purchase of 120 Bayraktar TB2 combat drones from Turkey’s Baykar, The Middle East Eye reported on September 8.

Two people familiar with the negotiations told London-based news outlet that Baykar and the Emirati arms procurement agency Tawazun have been negotiating the deal since March.

“[Bayraktar TB2 drones] will come with a package of ammunition, command and control centers, and training. Together it could be a deal of up to $2bn,” one of the source said, some of the components of the drones might be produced in a Baykar plant in the UAE.

In the last few years, Bayraktar TB2 drones saw major success in conflicts in Libya, Syria and the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. However, they recently failed in Ukraine where they were used against the well-equipped Russian military.

The UAE allies in Libya faced Bayraktar TB2 combat drones while fighting against Turkey’s proxies back between 2019 and 2020.

UAE Wants To Buy 120 Bayraktar Combat Drones From Turkey – Report

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Earlier this year, the UAE and Turkey restored relations marking the end of a decade of political rivalry that saw them competing over influence in several Middle Eastern countries. Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara last November. There, the two leaders signed a series of investment deals stipulating the UAE would invest $10 billion Turkey’s struggling economy.

While the UAE is wealthy enough to afford Turkey’s combat drones, the real issue may be the delivery timeline. Baykar CEO Haluk Bayraktar revealed in August that his company has a three-year-long backlog of orders and that its can produce about 20 Bayraktar TB2s in a month.

The UAE is likely planning to use Bayraktar TB2 drones outside of its borders, mainly to support its allies in Yemen and Libya.

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Attila

BAYRAKTAR IS THE BEST 💪

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The era of tanks is over thanks to this drone technology.

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eleven

yeah everyone else is abandoning tanks. but only in your crazy reality.

Ottoman

Tanks have no use when you are in war with a nation with alot of this kind of drones. Turkiye will produce 500 bayraktar tb2’s per year starting next year. Now it produces 200 TB2’s per year.

Mr cotton

In Ukraine is a nice advertisement for bayraktar TB2

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The Objective

Is Turkey signaling Iran it will retaliate for PMU’s aggressive attitude against Turkish forces in Iraq? Such a large supply of TB2s will almost guarantee a Houthi “defeat”. I think Iran had better rectify its differences with Turkey in Iraq and even Syria. Otherwise the Houthis are in deep trouble. I used to warn here that Iran’s attitude in Iraq and Syria may provoke Turkey to supply the Saudis or UAE TB2s and other systems to crush the Houthis. This isn’t the American drones that Houthi is used to shooting down. This is a different league entirely.

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The Objective

“However, they recently failed in Ukraine where they were used against the well-equipped Russian military”

Turkey doesn’t intend to give Ukraine half the support it gave Azerbaijan, otherwise, Russia will have a hard time dealing with Ukraine’s drone force.

Barely three weeks after Russia displayed what it termed a mock-up TB2 assembled from the parts of many downed TB2s, Ukraine uploaded three videos of TB2 strikes on Russian forces. Today, we are reading that Russian defenses have collapsed in a part of Ukraine.

Russia still has not defeated the TB2. Erdogan just doesn’t want to supply Ukraine.

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