Ukraine orders Turkish UAVs


The Ukraine’s Ukroboronprom has ordered Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Ukrainian Army.

The state-owned company Ukrspetsexport, part of Ukroboronprom, has signed an agreement with Baykar Makina, a Turkish company, for the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles.

According to the agreement, the Ukrainian army will soon receive a batch of Bayraktar TB2 aircraft, a significant stock of high-precision and conventional armaments, training for operators and technicians, and warranty services for several years.

“As we have agreed with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an agreement was signed for the purchase of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aircraft for the Ukrainian army, which will also be equipped with up-to-date high-precision missile weapons to destroy armoured vehicles, engineering structures and fortifications, as well as naval missions,” said President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Bayraktar TB2 is an operational, tactical-level strike UAV with a wingspan of 12 meters, and endurance of 24 hours, and a mission range of 150 km. It is powered by a Rotax 912 engine.

The maximum take-off weight of the UAV is 560 kg, with a maximum payload of 50 kg. This allows the Bayraktar TB2 to be equipped with modern high-precision missiles to engage armoured vehicles and other targets.

At present, Ukroboronprom said it is working on further deepening of cooperation with the defence companies of the Republic of Turkey. A number of joint Ukrainian-Turkish projects are now being implemented, including the development of the An-188 transport aircraft, the integration of Ukrainian defence equipment in Turkish armoured vehicles, the supply of secured digital communications to Ukraine, etc.