Ukraine Plans To Buy 24 More Bayraktar TB2 Drones, Says Valery Zaluzhny

The Turkish Bayraktar TB2 attack unmanned aerial vehicles in the conflict on Karabakh conflict forced the Ukrainian military to decide to purchase 24 more drones from Turkey. In the coming years, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will have 36 attack drones.

Previously, Ukraine purchased 12 Bayraktar TB2 attack drones, and they are already in service with Ukraine. According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this is not enough, especially since the Ukrainian military has yet to study the tactics of using drones. Ukraine plans to cooperate with Azerbaijan to learn more about the tactics of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

12 drones were purchased this year by order of the Ministry of Defense. In 2021-22, Ukraine plans to purchase 24r more such drones for the needs of the Armed Forces. In addition, we intend to include in our arsenal of such domestically produced drones in the future. Firstly, we need to learn how to work effectively with them, and secondly, we need to know the tactics of their use. We are now learning how to use these drones. It would be more comfortable if we had Azerbaijan’s expertise in this matter, said the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny.

Ukrainian Armed Forces also will display the newly acquired Turkish-made armed drone for the first time during the independence day military parade on 24 August.

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Citing a report from Suspilne News Agency, Mil.in.ua reported that the new drone will be transported on a tractor-trailer in a mechanized column.

The delivery of a sufficient number of the aforementioned attack drones may become a reality within the next few years, while experts do not exclude that in the future, Ukraine will try to use the Bayraktar TB2 UAV in the Donbas and against Russia in Crimea.

As a part of the military modernization program, the Armed Forces of Ukraine acquired sell six Bayraktar TB2 UAVs in 2019. On top of that, after the successful use of the aircraft, the Ukrainian Navy had ordered a separate order composed of 6 additional Bayraktar TB2 drones.

Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle can carry a maximum payload of more than 150 kg. The drone can fly up to 22,500 feet and loiter for more than 24 hours.

Bayraktar TB2 drones, which entered the Turkish army’s inventory in 2014, are currently used by Turkey, Ukraine, Qatar, and Azerbaijan.

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