Turkey’s Baykar in talks with 10 countries for TB2 UCAV sales

 Turkey’s Baykar in talks with 10 countries for TB2 UCAV sales
192     11:29     05 08 2021    
Turkish drone magnate Baykar is in the contract phase with about 10 countries, the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Selçuk Bayraktar, said on Wednesday.

He was speaking during the Aviation and Space Summit organized by Gebze Technical University’s Aviation and Space Club.

Such developments regarding the sales of the Baykar’s Bayraktar TB2 (Tactical Block 2) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) abroad would mean that export revenues will soon constitute a significant share in the firm’s overall revenues.

This particular UCAV has already been incorporated into the arsenals of Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Qatar. It has been actively used by Turkish forces in Syria and Libya and it saw action in Azerbaijan's recent Nagorno Karabakh conflict, paving the way for its international recognition with proven operational capability.

Meanwhile, Poland has also signed a contract for the purchase of Bayraktar TB2s, becoming the first NATO member country to acquire the Turkish drones. The combat drones will be armed with anti-tank projectiles. Poland will also buy a logistics and training package along with the aircraft. First shipments will arrive in 2022.

Latvia later hinted that it could be the second European Union and NATO member state to acquire the Turkish UCAVs that have scored high-profile successes in the field.

The Baykar CTO further revealed that the Bayraktar TB3 will make its maiden flight in 2022. The TB3, which has a take-off weight of 1,450 kg and can operate at high altitudes, is a variant of the Bayraktar TB2 that is planned to be an integral part of the flagship-to-be amphibious assault ship TCG Anadolu. That means that the vessel will allow for the takeoff and landing of unmanned systems.

Bayraktar reiterated that the UCAV will be powered by domestic engines manufactured by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) subsidiary TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI).
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