MERSIN, Turkey — Turkmenistan unveiled for the primary time its Bayraktar TB2 fight drones throughout a Sept. 27 navy parade marking the nation’s thirtieth anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union.
Imagery of the drone from the parade was tweeted by its Turkish producer, Baykar Protection.
In a primary for the nation, this 12 months’s navy parade was held within the southern Ashgabat foothills of the Kopetdag mountain vary moderately than within the metropolis middle close to the presidential palace. A spread of latest navy tools was on exhibit in the course of the parade, together with Brazilian A-29 Tremendous Tucano assault plane, Italian C-27J Spartan transport planes and Turkmen M-346 fighters.
The TB2 on show was armed with MAM-L and MAM-C munitions, manufactured by Turkish agency Roketsan, and the Argos-II HD/HDT digicam system by Germany’s Hensoldt.
Turkmenistan imported protection and aerospace materiel from Turkey in July 2021 for $37 million, however the merchandise weren’t revealed by officers. The imagery confirms the sale of the TB2 system to Turkmenistan.
Throughout a presentation at Teknofest, an aerospace and expertise occasion that happened Sept. 21-26 in Istanbul, Turkey, Baykar’s chief expertise officer, Selçuk Bayraktar, mentioned the corporate had exported the TB2 to 4 nations to date, with 10 extra to come back, and that contracts with these nations are signed or almost full.
Qatar obtained six Bayraktar TB2s in 2019, following a 2018 order. Ukraine additionally procured six TB2s, after which Azerbaijan added the drone sort to its armed forces, which performed an essential position within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle. Baykar additionally lately inked a contract with the Polish authorities for the availability of TB2s, representing the primary time the corporate is offering the drone to a NATO member nation. Turkmenistan is the fifth recognized state to have elevated the variety of TB2s in its navy stock.
Moreover, the separate visits to Baykar Protection amenities by the Latvian protection minister and the Albanian inside affairs minister in June 2021 aroused hypothesis about these nations’ curiosity in TB2 expertise.
Turkmenistan has expanded its acquisitions of ammunition and navy tools from Turkey during the last decade. It has bought patrol boats, fast-attack crafts, hydrographic vessels, and search and rescue vessels from Turkey since 2010. In August, Turkmenistan added the 91-meter Deniz Khan corvette, constructed by Turkey’s Dearsan shipyard, to its fleet, which is able to assume flagship of the Turkmen Navy.
Tayfun Ozberk is a Turkey correspondent for Protection Information.