For a long time, the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense did not announce the number of Bayraktar TB2 strike drones in the ranks of the Armed Forces. Today is Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov called the number and it is staggering. Only since February 24, 2022, Ukraine has received about 50 Turkish UAVs! And that’s not all!
“Ukraine’s plans to acquire bayraktars are also large-scale. Only since February 24, the Ministry of Defense has provided fifty “planes” for our military. Several more have already been contracted and paid by the Ministry and we expect them in July. We have also received a new request from the Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and, thus, in the near future, almost all the capacity of the Baykar Makina plant will be focused on meeting the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We are talking about ordering dozens of more drones,” the Minister wrote on Facebook.
In addition, Reznikov notes that plans to build a joint plant for the production of Baykar Makina UAVs in Ukraine remain in force. Communication between the defense ministries of Ukraine and Turkey continues. According to the Minister, these are medium-term plans, i.e. the construction of the plant will most likely begin after the victory.
Separately, Reznikov thanked the leadership of Baykar Makin for the gift to the Constitution Day – free Bayraktar TB2 drones, which the manufacturer will provide to the Armed Forces, moved by the unprecedented fundraising carried out by ordinary citizens of our country.
In general, until recently it was considered that the Armed Forces has only 3 Bayraktar TB2 complexes delivered under the 2018 contract, ie 18 UAVs. Given the new data, we can already talk about 12-16 complexes. Of course, part of the UAV was lost during the missions, but it is still a very powerful group.
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