BAKU, (BM) – Turkey has found another buyer for its shock drones. Azerbaijani source from the military industry of the country announced that Azerbaijan plans to acquire dozens of Turkish-made armed drones, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov, “work on the acquisition of drones continues, but there are already results.” Recently, the Azerbaijani parliament approved a bill on financial assistance from Turkey, which will be used to purchase weapons systems.
The Ministry of Defense did not disclose the models of bepilots they were interested in, as well as the number of units planned for purchase. At the same time, Turkish media indicate that we are talking about the Bayraktar TB2 model, and the potential deal may include dozens of drones and weapons for them.
Bayraktar TB2 – mid-range strike UAV, designed and manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar. The development of the drone began in 2007, and two years later he made the first flight. In 2014, the developers showed the Turkish military its final version, and in March 2016 Bayraktar TB2 was officially adopted by the Turkish army.
Bayraktar TB2 can rise to a height of more than 7300 m and stay in the air for up to 24 hours. The device is able to move away from the control point at a distance of 150 km and operate in two modes (remote control or automatic mode, including independent take-off and landing). The maximum drone speed is 250 km / h, cruising speed is 130 km / h.
The length of the drone is 6.5 m, the wingspan is 12 m. The maximum take-off weight of the drone is 650 kg, while the payload is 55 kg. The device is equipped with many cameras and surveillance systems, which allows it to be used for reconnaissance purposes. In addition, Bayraktar TB2 is capable of carrying adjustable bombs and laser-guided missiles.
Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones have proven themselves in Libya
We reported on June 20 that Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems [ZRPKs], which are used in Libya, are useless against Turkish operational-tactical multi-purpose unmanned aerial systems Bayraktar TB2.
In May, BulgarianMilitary.com called the successful Bayraktar TB2 attack on Carapace “real genocide.”
As we wrote the modification of this ZRPK and its export version used by the Armed forces of Russia are different. In particular, the second is equipped only with an optical control system, while the first has a three-coordinate target detection station with a semi-active phased array antenna and a dual-band centimeter-millimeter radar tracking system for targets and missiles.
“Infrared channels in various ranges are used to track targets and missiles. Radar and optoelectronic devices make up a single system and can operate in different wavelengths,” the newspaper writes, recognizing that Russian-made air defense missile systems “are only poorly adapted to combat targets such as Turkish Bayraktar TV2”
As we noted the Turkish drone strikes with precision weapons from four or more kilometers and is able to barrage for a long time at high altitude, which “significantly complicates its detection by the optical-electronic station ZRPK.”
The Pantsir-S1 operators in Libya do not have access to highly mobile radar stations that could carry out external target designation for air defense missile systems.
Turkish UAV committed a ‘real genocide’ over Russian missile systems
In June, Defense Express, citing its own sources, established that in recent years, during the military conflicts in Syria and Libya, at least 23 Russian-made Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (SAM) were destroyed.
Defense Express said in May that the Bayraktar TB2 Turkish drone had staged “real genocide” as the “touted” Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system.
Then the Turkish Anadolu agency reported the destruction of nine Russian-made air defense missile systems in Libya.
In January, ImageSatIntl posted on Twitter satellite images of the nearly finished first Turkish aircraft carrier Anadolu, which is being built with the support of the Spanish company Navantia at Istanbul’s Sedef shipyard.
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