The Ukrainian armed forces have completed in-country tests of the Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Over the course of the flight tests, the armed drone was able to detect and identify different types of targets, before transferring their coordinates to the command center, and then launching precision munitions at the target.
The Bayraktar TB2 tactical, medium-sized, UAV can remain in the air for more than 24 hours and fly up to an altitude of 24,000 feet. The armed drone is able to strike targets on land and at sea and is a significant upgrade to Ukrainian military capability.
Bayraktar TB2 operators can also track the enemy from long distances, thanks to the ultra-powerful optical station with a thermal imager, which provides accurate target coordinates in real-time. The Bayraktar TB2 carries “Neptune” and “Velyka” weapons from Ukraine, in addition to high precision weapons of its own. The UAV can also attain a maximum speed of 110 kmph and is also equipped with an automatic take-off and landing system. It can function as far away as 150 km from the ground station and has a 650-kg maximum take-off weight and a 55-kg payload capacity. The Bayraktar TB2 is in operational use by the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish military uses Roketsan’s MAM, MAM-L smart munitions and UMTAS missiles on their Bayrakter TB2 armed drones.