Source: Turkey didn’t supply Bayraktar TB2 UAVs to Ukraine

ANKARA, (BM) – A source from the Turkish military-industrial complex did not confirm RIA Novosti’s media reports about the delivery to Ukraine of at least 30 Bayraktar TB2 attack drones. According to military experts, these drones could be located in the area of ​​the demarcation zone in Donbas, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Russian media reported that at least 30 Bayraktar TB2 drones were deployed in Ukraine from Turkey on March 14. “We do not have such information,” the agency’s interlocutor said when asked to confirm the delivery of a batch of drones to Ukraine.

In January 2019, the then President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, announced the signing of an agreement with Turkey to purchase Bayraktar TB2 for the Ukrainian army. Poroshenko also noted that Turkish drones would be commissioned by special operations forces, paratroopers, motorized troops, and other military units.

Ukraine has already unveiled its UAV

Last November, the Ukrainian design office KB “Lucz” presented the “Sokol-300” reconnaissance and attacking unmanned aerial vehicle. The machine is arming with 4 Barrier-W guided missiles produced by the same company. The prototype flight is planned in about 8-9 months, provided financing of the project is secured. The presentation of the full-size model of the Sokol-300 unmanned aerial vehicle took place at the “WIZAR” plant in Wiszniewo near Kielce.

Interestingly, from July 2020, when information about this unmanned aerial vehicle first appeared, it changed its name from Sokol-200 to Sokol-300. All this means that the maximum lifting capacity has been increased to 300 kg. The machine has a classic for this UAV layout class with a push propeller, an engine at the end of the fuselage, and a butterfly tail.

The fuselage is 8.57 m long and the wingspan is 14 m. The maximum take-off weight ranges from 1130 to 1225 kg, depending on the propulsion unit used, and the curb weight varies between 420 kg and 535 kg. Three options affect performance and weight: the Ukrainian MS-500W and I-450T turbine engines from Motor Sich, or the four-cylinder Rotax 914 turbocharged.

Turboprop variants achieve higher altitude and speed but are set at 26 hours for the piston engine version at the expense of flight time. However, in this version, the maximum speed is 210 km / h, while in the variant powered by the MS-500 turbine, it is over 580 km / h.

Learn more about the Ukrainian drone Sokol 300 by clicking here

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