Citizen-funded Bayraktar TB2 UCAV for Ukraine landed in Lithuania

VILNIUS ($1=0.98 Euros) — The Lithuanian-funded Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle, nicknamed Vanagas, landed at the Siauliai Air Base. The machine together with the ammunition purchased for it will be transported by land to Ukraine.

Citizen-funded Bayraktar TB2 UCAV for Ukraine landed in Lithuania
Photo credit: Lithuanian MoD

The Turkish reconnaissance strike vehicle was transported to the Siauliai Air Base aboard the Lithuanian C-27J Spartan transport aircraft. Information on this matter was provided on July 4 by the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania, which concluded an agreement with the manufacturer of Bayraktars TB2 regarding their supply.

Lithuania’s Ministry of Defense has reached an agreement with the Turkish institution responsible for the sale of military equipment and machinery manufacturer Baykar Makina for an online fundraiser organized by Lithuanian Andrews Tapinas to support Ukrainians in the fight against Russian aggression. In total, more than 7 million euros were collected, but the manufacturer decided to donate the fighting machine for free. About 1.5 million euros were purchased from the collection for weapons for the unmanned aerial vehicle, and the rest were donated to humanitarian causes.

Citizen-funded Bayraktar TB2 UCAV for Ukraine landed in Lithuania
Photo credit: Lithuanian MoD

The “Lithuanian” Bayraktar TB2 is named Vanagas or Hawk and the corresponding logo, in which one wing of the predator has the colors of the flag of Lithuania and the other of the flag of Ukraine. together with the weapons, it will go to Ukraine by land via Poland.

Before the war, the Ukrainian armed forces had over 20 Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles. Another 16 were delivered during the conflict period under the January order.

The story

As part of a donation campaign initiated by Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas, Lithuanian people are raising money to buy a Bayraktar TB2 MALE for Ukraine. Tapinas noted that the “green light” was received from the Lithuanian and Turkish Ministries of Defense for the donation campaign, and Baykar, the maker of Bayraktar TB2 MALE, said “yes” to the campaign.

“Ukrainian dagger at night. A murderer of the Russian army. Unmanned tactical aircraft carrying high-precision laser-guided bombs and long-range anti-tank missiles. In the war in Ukraine, the Turkish flagships destroyed Russian command posts, tanks, and missiles,” Tapinas wrote.

Lithuanian citizens raise €5M to buy Bayraktar TB2 for Ukraine
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Tapinas said of the campaign: “Perhaps for the first time in history, citizens of one country donate such heavy weapons to another.”

This fundraiser is not the first for the people of Lithuania. At the beginning of the war, 330,000 euros were raised by Lithuanian citizens in support of Ukraine, and with this money, Estonian drones were delivered to Ukraine. These drones used for artillery fire were called Magyla 1 and Magyla 2. The name Magyla is the name given to the goddess of death in Lithuanian mythology.

Bayraktar TB2 MALE

The Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance drone, created by the Turkish Company Baykar Makina, is in service with the Turkish Army. It is a modification of the Bayraktar Block B and belongs to the class of tactical UAVs at medium altitudes with a long flight duration. The drone has more modern software and control systems than the Israeli Heron UAV. The crew consists of a commander, pilot, and payload operator.

UAV Bayraktar TB2 is equipped with an internal combustion engine Rotax 912 with a power of 100 hp. The maximum flight speed is 250 km / h, the cruising speed is 130 km / h, and the practical ceiling is 7300 m.

The device is equipped with a variety of cameras and surveillance systems, which allows it to be used for intelligence purposes. In addition, the Bayraktar TB2 is capable of carrying two anti-tank guided missiles and Roketsan MAM-L or laser-guided MAM-C sliding munitions. The MAM-L system was developed as a laser modification of the L-UMTAS long-range anti-tank missile system, which differs from the base version in that it has no rocket engine and is equipped with sliding wings.

Lithuanian citizens raise €5M to buy Bayraktar TB2 for Ukraine
Photo: Wikimedia.org

The system is installed on the tactical UAVs Bayraktar and Karayel, which are currently in service with the Turkish army. The developer claims that the concept of creating and using the MAM-L system allows users to effectively neutralize targets that pose a direct threat, especially during surveillance and intelligence missions. Thanks to the precise aiming and small size, the use of the MAM-L system reduces the risk of insurance losses.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Downed Bayraktar TB2 of Snake Island battle was found in Romania
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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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