Azerbaijan would acquire Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 armed drones

According to information released by the Daily Sabah website on June 23, 2020, the government of Azerbaijan has announced that it would acquire Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 armed drones from Turkey.

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Azerbaijan would acquire Turkish made Bayraktar TB2 armed drones 925 001 Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 armed drone. (Picture source Turkish SSB)

The Bayraktar Tactical UAS is a surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initially developed for the Turkish Armed Forces. It is developed by the Kale-Baykar, a joint venture between the Kale Group and Baykar Technologies.

The Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System, developed in accordance with the concept of the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class UAV, is equipped with national and original fully automatic flight control features, a three back-up flight control system architecture, and unique navigational and sensor fusion applications and is one of the reconnaissance and surveillance vehicles being developed at an advanced technological level.

The Bayraktar UAV System has a cruising speed of 70 knots with an operational flight altitude of 24.000 feet, 24 hours of flight time and a communication range of 150 km and has a 12-m wingspan, 650-kg maximum take-off weight, and 55-kg payload capacity.

The Bayraktar TB2 is used operationally by the Turkish Armed Forces and is able to employ MAM and MAM-L ammunitions and UMTAS missiles.