Russia threatens to attack Turkish UAV factory in Ukraine

The Kremlin warned that Baykar’s armed drone factory in Ukraine would become “a target for demilitarization”.

“This facility will certainly become the target of a campaign of demilitarization. Opening the plant will only prolong the suffering of the Ukrainian people, and at the same time will not prevent the main objectives of the special military operation. special,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a press conference on August 9.

The comments came after Ukraine’s Ambassador to Turkey Vasily Bondar said that Baykar Group had established a company in Ukraine and had purchased land to build a factory specializing in the production of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UCAV). ) Bayraktar TB2. The location of this plot is unknown.

Ukrainian UAV prepares to participate in drills in the southern province of Mykolaiv in June 2021.  Photo: Ukrinform.

Ukrainian UAV prepares to participate in drills in the southern province of Mykolaiv in June 2021. Image: UKrinform.

Ambassador Bondar affirmed that defense cooperation is one of the driving forces of Turkish-Ukrainian relations. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov earlier said that the country has received about 50 UAVs of various types from Baykar since the outbreak of hostilities.

Ukraine is using a variety of light UAVs to deal with the Russian military campaign, of which the main line is the Bayraktar TB2. Each TB2 has a factory price of about 1-2 million USD, while the complete system with the control station costs 5 million USD.

TB2 aircraft 6.5 m long, 12 m wingspan, maximum take-off mass 650 kg, capable of 27 hours of continuous operation at a distance of 300 km from the control tower. Each carrier can carry a load of 150 kg, of which the weight of the weapon is 55 kg. TB2 is equipped with MAM-L laser-guided missiles with 4 types of warheads with a maximum mass of 22 kg.

The Bayraktar TB2 showed its power through skirmishes on the outskirts of the capital Kiev in the early stages of the conflict, but the Ukrainian Air Force recently had to reduce the number of flights of this UAV line.

“They were very useful and important in the early days, when stopping Russian motorized convoys, but are now almost useless against strong enemy air defenses. TB2s are now used only for missions. attacks and special operations,” the Ukrainian pilot, nicknamed Moonfish, revealed in June.

Vu Anh (Theo TASS)

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