Ukraine is to buy more Bayraktar TB2 combat UAVs from Turkey, Ukrainian outlet Defence Express reported on October 5th.
As it became known from the words of the general director of the company “Ukrspetsexport” Vadim Nozdri, the representative of Ukraine and Turkey agreed on the purchase of weapons.
The Ministry of Defense planned to purchase 6-12 Bayraktar TB2 control stations and 3-4 drones for each complex. The intentions were officially confirmed on October 5th.
“So, Ukraine plans to receive 48 drones, which the Ministry of Defense plans to put into service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Vadim Nozdrya said.
This is a fairly large batch of UAVs, even in comparison with Turkish orders: it is reported that 107 such unmanned aerial vehicles have been delivered to the Turkish security forces over the entire period.
Ukraine bought its first 6 Bayraktar drones and 3 control stations in 2019, while the Ukrainian military underwent training in Turkey. Now it is planned to increase and localize the production of these drones in order to pursue a protectionist policy about them.
The potential for localized production also warrants some differences from the Turkish drones, and it could be exported to third parties itself.
“On the other hand, there is already an agreement with the Turkish side that we will not sell to those countries where they are already present with these products – Azerbaijan, for example,” added the CEO of the state enterprise.
The initial agreement on the purchase of Turkish operational and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2 manufactured by Baykar Makina was signed in November 2018 (actually the contract for the purchase of six UAVs and three control stations worth $70 million was signed in January 2019). In March 2019, the first complexes arrived in Ukraine and were tested for the first time.
Finally, it should be reminded that, despite reports of the drones being regularly downed, they are being effectively utilized in Syria, Libya and, most recently, in Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan against Armenia.
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