KYIV, ($1=26.68 Ukrainian Hryvnias) – However, according to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 drones is only half the success, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express.
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In 2021-2022, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine plans to purchase four more complexes of Turkish strike and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles Bayraktar TB2. This information was expressed in an interview with the Eastern European Bureau of the publication of the Report by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Valery Zaluzhny.
“In 2021-22, it is planned to purchase four more such complexes for the needs of the armed forces. In addition, in the future we plan to include in our arsenal such domestic unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Zaluzhni.
Thus, Ukraine can receive another 24 Turkish-made strikes and reconnaissance drones. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine notes that currently in the arsenal of the Armed Forces [Air Force and Navy] there are two complexes of Turkish drones Bayraktar TB2 [12 aircraft]. So in the coming years, Ukraine can triple its fleet of Bayraktar TB2.
At the same time, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine notes that the purchase and armament of Bayraktar TB2 drones is only half the success.
Thus, according to Zaluzhny, Ukraine currently has no experience, for example, that Azerbaijan gained during the Nagorno-Karabakh war to use its own Bayraktar TB2 effectively.
“First, we need to learn to work effectively with them. Second, we need to know the tactics of using them. We need to take a holistic approach to this issue. It is not enough to just buy a Bayraktar TB2. Now we are learning to use this technique. Honestly. that is to say, it would be more convenient if we had the experience of Azerbaijan. I admit, unfortunately, that we know little of this experience,” said the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Ukraine unveils its own new reconnaissance and strike UAV Sokol-300
The Ukrainian design office KB “Lucz” presented on November 7 last year the “Sokol-300” reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial vehicle, which was to be premiered during the Arms and Security 2020 exhibition in Kiev, which was canceled due to the pandemic.
The machine is armed with 4 Barier-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 is this unmanned aerial vehicle changed its name from Sokol-200 to Sokol-300. This means that the maximum lifting capacity has been increased to 300 kg. The machine has a classic for this class of UAV layout 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. There are three options that 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 at the expense of flight time, which was set at 26 hours for the piston engine version. 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.
Washington gives $ 60 million to Ukraine for defense
On August 27 this year the US President Joseph Biden has ordered $ 60 million in financial assistance to Ukraine for defense from the Pentagon according to the White House website.
“With my inherent powers under the United States Constitution, I delegate to the Secretary of State the power to allocate up to $ 60 million for defense products and services to the Department of Defense, as well as for military education and training to assist Ukraine,” he said. says in a circulated memorandum.
US will support Ukraine in the event of ‘Russian aggression’
On April 2 this year, the US and Ukrainian defense ministers Lloyd Austin and Andriy Taran discussed the situation in Donbas. The US minister assured his Ukrainian counterpart of his readiness to support Kyiv in an “escalation of Russian aggression.” The Ukrainian defense ministry website published this statement on its website on Thursday.
“Lloyd Austin expressed concern over the Russian Federation’s recent actions and conveyed to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine his assurances of his readiness to support Ukraine in the face of the ongoing Russian aggression in Donbas and Crimea. Realization of aggressive aspirations of the Russian Federation in Ukraine” said in a statement.
Taran informed the interlocutor about the military-political situation along the demarcation line with the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are not under the control of Kyiv and in Crimea and around the state border of Ukraine.
He paid particular attention to the March 26 events near the village of Shumi, where four Ukrainian servicemen were killed. “Also, the head of the Ukrainian Department of Defense noted the systematic escalation of the security situation in the area of the Joint Forces operation and the reluctance of the Russian Federation to reaffirm its adherence to the ceasefire,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
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