Morocco receives first Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

According to information published by Daily Sabah on September 21, 2021, Morocco has received the first units of Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs).

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Morocco receives first Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Picture source: Twitter account of Middle East News)

The rest of the units are set to be delivered gradually within the framework of a deal that was said to be signed between Morocco and the Turkish manufacturer Baykar in April. The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) ordered a total of 13 such drones, according to the reports.

The Bayraktar is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) developed, designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company Baykar. The system consists of Bayraktar TB2 Armed / UAV Platform, Ground Control Station, Ground Data Terminal, Remote Display Terminal, Advanced Base with Generator and Trailer modules. Thanks to Baykar's technological accumulation and capabilities, the entire system is produced indigenously.

The Bayraktar TB2 has a lenght of 6.5 m, a height of 2.2 m and a wingspan of 12 m. It has a maximum take-off weight of 650 kg with a maximum payload capacity of 150 kg. It can fly at a maximum speed of 120 knots (222 km/h) at a maximum altitude of 27,000 feet (8,230 m) and has a flight endurance of up to 27 hours.

The Bayraktar TB2 can be armed with four laser-guided smart ammunition. The Armed UAV Bayraktar TB2 is a multi-purpose platform as it can perform Target Acquisition using the onboard laser designator. It is also capable of eliminating the target using its payload consisting of four smart munitions. Bayraktar TB2 is a system that offers all cutting-edge solutions required to carry out surgical precision strikes preventing widespread damage to close areas. These features ensure civilian security as a first-order priority.