Kazakhstan Latest Country To Buy Bayraktar TB2 Drones

Kazakhstan is reportedly considering buying Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from Turkey.

The interest is believed to stem from the drones’ performance in overwhelming Armenia’s Russian-origin air defense systems in the Nagorno Karabakh war with Azerbaijan, reported Russian sputnik news.

Last month, a delegation from Kazakhstan’s ministry of defense visited Turkey’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Base Command in the southeast city of Batman.

“A delegation from the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan visited the 14th Unmanned Aircraft Systems Base Command between 23 and 25 November, 2020, to examine the UAV and its facilities,” Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense said.

Ukraine and Turkey are also forming a joint venture to manufacture around four dozen of these drones in Ukraine, the general director of Ukraine’s state-owned defense manufacturer, Ukrspetsexport, said in an interview with online publication Left Bank. 

Before that, in early October, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said his country is negotiating to buy the Turkish UAV, even though the European nation had already seen the arrival of Chinese CH-92A armed drones in July.

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