24 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones with anti-tank missiles fly to Poland
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Poland is the next country on Turkey’s growing list of Bayraktar TB2 attack drone customers. A series of messages on social networks, and later in an interview with Polish radio, Mariusz Blaszczak, the Minister of Defense of Poland, confirmed the news.
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A photo of the Turkish drone and the text “expect good news soon” was one of the tweets of a Polish defense minister a few days ago. Yesterday, May 23, in an interview with Polskie Radio 24, Blasztzak said Warsaw had reached an agreement with Ankara to supply 24 Turkish drones armed with anti-tank missiles. In the coming days, the two countries expect to formally sign an agreement to sell the drones, including training and support from Turkish experts.
According to Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland needs a similar combat weapon system, mainly since Bayraktar TB2 has proven itself in actual combat conditions against Russian mobile air defense equipment in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh.
It remains for Poland to solve a problem that is not talked about but is directly related to the proper functioning of the unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured in Turkey. Canada revoked Ankara’s license for its L3Harris Wescam MX-15 because of a brief war last year in Nagorno-Karabakh. However, Poland has a way out, as it can obtain a direct license from Canada, as happened with Morocco when ordering 12 drones of the same type.
Combat capability of Bayraktar TB2
The Turkish drone has undoubtedly become a hit on international markets and seriously disliked and undeservedly smiled at in Russia. In addition to making a well-functioning fighting machine, the Turks also managed to arm it well.
It is known that Bayraktar TB2 has UMTAS anti-tank missiles developed again in Turkey by the company Rocketsan. Separately, the Bayraktar TB2 can work very well with precision micro ammunition known as MAM-C and MAM-L.
The Turkish drone develops a speed of up to 130 km / h and can fly at an altitude of nearly 7 km. It can stay 24 hours in the air and, with such a duration, has a limited range – up to 150 km. In 2014 Turkey adopted Bayraktar TB2, and so far, it serves the countries of Azerbaijan, Qatar, Morocco, and Ukraine.
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