Turkey’s first national and indigenous UAV Bayraktar TB2 will be exported to Poland. The agreement on export was signed by General Manager of Baykar Haluk Bayraktar and Minister of Defense of Poland Mariusz Blaszczak in the presence of President of the Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Sebastian Duda at the Presidential Complex.
First UAV export to NATO and EU member country
The Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, which have broken grounds in the history of Turkish aviation, after flying in the skies Ukraine, Qatar and Azerbaijan will also fly in the skies of Poland. Thus, for the first time, Turkey will have exported a high- technology armed unmanned aerial vehicle to NATO and European Union (EU) member country.
24 Bayraktar TB2 UAVs to be exported
Within the scope of the agreement made with Poland, the 4 systems to be exported from Turkey, will include ground control stations (GCS) and ground data terminals (GDT) along with 24 Bayraktar TB2 UAVs. In addition, MAM-C and MAM-L mini smart ammunition, developed nationally by Roketsan and used by national UAVs, will also be exported to Poland.
320 thousand hours in the sky
The Bayraktar TB2, being designed and developed nationally and authentically by Baykar, proved to be the best in its class worldwide in terms of technical features and operational performance, and also surpassed 320 thousand hours of successful flight. National UAVs continue to carry the title of a national aerial vehicle that has served the longest time in the sky.
180 UAVs on duty
The Bayraktar TB2 UAVs first entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in 2014. The unmanned aerial vehicle, which was armed in 2015, is used operationally by the Turkish Armed Forces, Gendarmerie General Command, General Directorate of Security and National Intelligence Service. Since 2014, the Bayraktar TB2 UAV has been actively used by security forces in its fight against terrorism within the national territory as well as beyond it. Currently, 180 of the Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, which are present in the inventory of Turkey, Ukraine, Qatar and Azerbaijan, continue to be in service.
The localization rate at a record level
Since the early 2000s, having the team of Turkish engineers Baykar has nationally and indigenously developed the software and hardware systems, which are known to be the biggest added value in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles, and is shown as one of the world’s leading technology companies, possessing engineering power in 13 different disciplines of the field. All critical components such as the design and software of the Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, which are manufactured with a worldwide known record level of 93% of domestic industry participation, are developed nationally and authentically by Baykar.
First exported UAV
The Bayraktar TB2 UAV system, being the first UAV system exported by Turkey, is followed by the world aviation and defence industry with high interest. The operational success in the countries where the national UAVs are being operated, also enabled the export of the advanced aircraft to NATO and EU member country, which takes place for the first time in the history of the Republic. Within the scope of the agreements made, at first, the Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were exported to Ukraine, a country with a long history of 100 years in aviation which produces the world’s largest aircraft – the Antonov cargo aircraft, and afterwards to Qatar and Azerbaijan. Now the UAV will continue to serve in Poland, a country that is one of the largest economies of the European Union.
360 million dollars’ export in 2020
Last year, most of Baykar’s revenues were derived from exports abroad. Baykar, which made its first export of national UAV in 2012, achieved great success in such a strategic field as the defence industry with the 360 million dollars of (armed) UAV system export in 2020. Negotiations continue with many countries that are interested in national UAVs.
The Bayraktar TB2 UAV improved its own record, flying continuously for 27 hours and 3 minutes in tough geographical and climatic conditions such as high temperature and sandstorm when participating in a demo flight in Kuwait on July 16, 2019. National UAVs operate in all unfavourable weather conditions such as desert heat, freezing cold, snow and storm which they have faced in Qatar, Syria, Ukraine and Karabakh. With an altitude of 27,30 feet, the national UAV also broke the Turkish altitude record in its class in Turkish aviation history.
Robot aircraft with 40 computers
Approximately 40 separate computer systems work on Bayraktar TB2, the robot aircraft developed by Baykar with national and indigenous design, software, avionics and mechanics. Bayraktar TB2 UAV system, which has fully autonomous taxi, take-off, navigation and landing capability with its triple redundant avionic systems and sensor fusion architecture, has been actively used since 2014.