Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 Drone Destroyed Russian Patrol Boat in Black Sea

Ukrainian troops took out a Russian patrol boat using a Turkish-supplied TB2 drone on the frontlines.

The Ukrainian Navy released footage on Sunday showing what it said were successful strikes against a Russian KS-701 patrol boat using the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone.

“In the northwestern part of the Black Sea, during an attempt to land enemy troops, naval aviation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed an enemy boat of the KC-701 Tuna type,” the Ukrainian Navy said in a release on Sunday.

The Navy said in a release that a drone strike killed six people and injured two others. A Russian KS-701 patrol boat reportedly was destroyed by a TB-2 strike in the Kherson region.

Despite Ukraine’s claim of receiving 50 TB2 drones since the start of the Russian invasion, these drones have largely disappeared from the battlefield by the end of 2022. Currently, Ukraine predominantly employs the TB2 drones for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance purposes rather than offensive operations.

Their popularity even inspired a viral folk song. However, a little over a year later, the once-prized drones have almost entirely been shot down, and those that remain reduced to reconnaissance duties, according to an expert.

It can carry 4 MAM-C or MAM-L missiles. These missiles were specially designed for UAVs and light attack aircraft with low payload capacity. These missiles have laser guidance and can engage stationary or moving targets. The MAM-C missile weights 6.5 kg, while the MAM-L weights 22 kg.

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