Last TB-2 drones delivered to Poland 03/06/2024 | Fabio Di Felice

Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar announced to have delivered to Poland the final batch of BAYRAKTAR TB-2 armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Poland signed a deal in May 2021 for 4 drone systems, each including 6 aircraft and 3 ground control stations, at the price of $270 million. Baykar completed the last shipment of a cumulative 24 TB-2, during an event held in Poland’s 12th Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Base at the presence of Poland’s Deputy Defence Minister, the head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries agency, and the General Manager of Baykar. Baykar delivered its drones in less than 2 years, noting that the first 6 TB-2 were delivered in October 2022. The deal also includes depot-level maintenance facilities, including maintenance and repair tools for the engines, ground control stations, and EO/IR sensors. The TB-2 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone that features a service ceiling of 25,000 feet (7,620 m) and an endurance of 27 hours. It has a range of 4,000 km (2,485 miles) and can be operated remotely from up to 297 km (185 miles). Its payload capacity is 150 kg (330 pounds), including laser-guided bombs and rockets. It features an advanced avionic suite with a system that allows for autonomous taxiing, take-off, landing, and cruising. Poland was the first NATO country to order the drone, later procured also by Romania and Albania. Poland’s Defence Minister, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-kamysz, has not provided any indication on how the drones will be used, and if Ukraine will receive any. The TB-2 standard missions involve reconnaissance, target identification for artillery (ISTAR), and precision strikes. The new and combat-proven Turkish weapon system will perfectly fit in the new Poland Defence, with other top-rated offensive platforms such as the M-1 ABRAMS and K2 BLACK PANTHER tanks, and F-35 fighter aircraft.

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