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Turkey will begin to produce armed unmanned systems in Ukraine

KYIV, (BM) – On the territory of Ukraine might start production of Turkish armed unmanned systems. According to the former head of the Ukrainian military department, Andrei Zagorodniuk, Ankara and Kyiv are working on such a plan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“Turkey is ready to work with us in this matter. UAVs are a very promising weapon, they are extremely effective,” said Zagorodniuk.

He recalled that Turkey is now demonstrating the ability of its weapons in Syria, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

According to Defense Express, Ukraine has already received six operational-tactical multi-purpose drones Bayraktar TB2, which were manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar Machine.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine will be able to purchase weapons without intermediaries. The relevant bill was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada.

The Bayraktar Tactical UAS is a surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initially developed for the Turkish Armed Forces. It is developed by the Kale-Baykar, a joint venture between the Kale Group and Baykar Technologies.

In 2014, Bayraktar held the national endurance and altitude record for Turkey’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). It set a record for autonomous flight endurance when it flew 24 hours and 34 minutes at 18,000 feet on 5 August 2014. It furthermore recorded highest altitude of 27,030 feet on its flight on 14 June 2014 with full payload.

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Bayraktar TB2 successfully demonstrated firing of ROKETSAN MAM-L Smart Micro Munition with 100% accuracy in December 2015.

While the Turkish Armed Forces describes Bayraktar as “Tactical UAV Class” to prevent it from being a competitor to the TAI Anka UAV, international standards would classify it as a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV.

With its 650 kg MTOW and 12 meters wingspan platform powered by an internal combustion engine, Bayraktar is capable of flying at 22,500 feet and loitering for more than 24 hours.

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