Turkey ‘builds armed UAV factory in Ukraine’

Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey said that the defense contractor Baykar is building a factory for the production of armed drones on the territory of Ukraine.

In the interview RBC UKraine announced on August 8, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said that Baykar Group has established a company in this country and is in the process of building a factory specializing in manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ) armed Bayraktar TB2.

“The Ukrainian government approved a bilateral agreement on the construction of the plant and sent it to parliament for approval,” Bodnar said.

According to the ambassador, Baykar bought a plot of land in Ukraine to develop a project to produce combat UAVs in Ukraine. This decision is not only political, but also “practical because some important components in the UAV are manufactured in Ukraine”.

“It can be engines, spare parts, wheels…, Kiev’s high technologies can be applied on planned UAVs,” he said, affirming defense cooperation is important. a driver of Turkish-Ukrainian relations.

Seven Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the runway in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5.  Photo: AFP.

Seven Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the runway in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5. Image: AFP.

Kiev has received 50 combat drones from Baykar since the outbreak of hostilities with Russia, according to Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. In particular, the Bayraktar TB2 UAV has become one of Ukraine’s important weapons in the first months of the war.

This UAV model has a wingspan of 12 m, can carry 55 kg of weapons and is capable of 27 hours of continuous operation at a distance of 300 km from the control station.

Bayraktar TB2 is equipped with MAM-L laser-guided missiles with 4 types of warheads with a maximum mass of 22 kg, considered the top threat to tanks and armor on the battlefield.

Duc Trung (Theo Newsweek)

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