Ukraine signs deal with Turkey to produce Bayraktar UAVs in Ukraine

On February 3, Turkey and Ukraine signed a deal aimed at expanding drone production in Ukraine.

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According to the agreement, signed during a visit of President Erdogan in Ukraine, Baykar Defence is to create a subsidiary company to realize its project on establishing a new plant for Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles assemblage, as well as centers for maintenance and modernization.

"Signing of the free trade agreement between Ukraine and Turkey is a historic event," President Zelenskyy said in a joint press conference alongside Erdogan. In total, eight agreements were signed on February 3.

Aside from the new agreement, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are interested to reinforce their combat capabilities by purchasing more reconnaissance and strike drones Bayraktar TB2, in addition to the 12 ones the Ukrainian Army already has.

Ukraine signs deal with Turkey to produce Bayraktar UAVs in Ukraine 01 Bayraktar TB2 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Bayraktar is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) developed, designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company Baykar 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.