ANKARA, (BM) – Baykar Defence CEO Haluk Bayraktar claims that Russian e-war systems cannot handle Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Russian newspaper Vzglyad.
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We should note that Haluk Bayraktar made the statement against the background of photos spread on social networks, which allegedly show Russian service members demonstrating the remains of Bayraktar TB2, which was reportedly destroyed in Libya in 2019, in 2019
Recall that the report of the Joint Center for Excellence of the Air Force of the North Atlantic Alliance says that Russia’s anti-aircraft missile systems Pantsir-S are an ideal means of combating military unmanned aerial vehicles. NATO will have to eliminate such threats as a priority before starting its operations.
Bulgaria with interest in buying Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAVs
The Turkish publication Haber 7 published an interesting article claiming that the Bulgarian government is interested in purchasing at least six Bayraktar TB2 attacking drones. According to the magazine, Sofia had this interest in 2020, but the coronavirus and the crisis with Kovid-19 failed the negotiations.
The publication claims that this year negotiations will hold between Bulgaria and Turkey. However, there is no mention of the period in which they may occur.
Haber 7 makes a worthy and extensive analysis of Turkish drones in the past 2020 and their performance in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh. If Sofia decides to buy Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, Bulgaria will become the first EU member state to take the step.
Haber 7 also writes in its article that after the successful presentation of Bayraktar TB2 on the battlefields last year and Bulgaria, the countries of Great Britain, Serbia, and Kazakhstan are also showing interest in the Turkish fighter drone.
You should know
Bayraktar TB2 is a strike UAV of the middle class, designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company Baykar. Development of the drone began in 2007, and two years later, it made its first flight. In 2014, the developers showed the Turkish army’s final version, and in March 2016, the Turkish military officially accepted the Bayraktar TB2.
Bayraktar TB2 can rise to an altitude of over 7300 m and remain in the air for up to 24 hours. The device can move away from the control point at a distance of 150 km and operate in two modes (remote control or automatic mode, including independent takeoff and landing). The drone’s maximum speed is 250 km / h; the cruising rate is 130 km / h.
The length of the drone is 6.5 m, the wingspan is 12 m. The maximum takeoff weight of the drone is 650 kg, while the payload is 55 kg. The device has multiple cameras and surveillance systems, which allows it to be used for intelligence purposes. Also, the Bayraktar TB2 is capable of carrying adjustable laser-guided bombs and missiles.
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