After Completing 100,000 combat hours in Northern Iraq and Syria, Turkey’s ‘Bayratkar TB2’ armed UAV is planning to target new export markets in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
“I believe we will eventually see TB2 complete one-million-hour flight and our work will evolve towards space flight. The success of the armed UAV in military operations attracted strong attention from other countries,” said Selçuk Bayraktar, the technical manager at Baykar, which produces Bayraktar TB2.
Turkey's requests to purchase UAVs from other countries have been constantly snubbed, despite which they have worked on improving the TB2 and larger systems, Selçuk stated.
Bayraktar TB2 was first sold to Ukraine and then Qatar. It deploys MAM and MAM-L ammunitions and UMTAS missiles.
“We have delivered Bayraktar UAVs to two countries in Europe and the Middle East this year. In the period ahead we will focus on exports to the countries in the Far East, Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East where demand for unmanned aerial vehicles increase,” he said.
The S-400 air defense system could give Turkey control over the airspace of a part of the Mediterranean and Syria, which is a territory where the United States and Israel routinely conduct aerial operations. The reason why the US is vehemently opposed to Turkey acquiring the S-400 is because Washington and Israel may have to keep Ankara informed before launching an air-raid
With the US-Turkey F-35 Jet deal heading towards a possible collapse, Turkey is considering alternatives such as the Russian Su-57, Chinese J-31 or even accelerating the development of its own fighter jet. The US has stopped supply of parts to Turkish firms involved in the F-35 supply chain besides suspending pilot training for F-35s ‘delivered to Ankara but still based in the United States
The United States is Turkey's biggest defence equipment importer with export figures souring to $353 million during the first five months of 2019, according to data from the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM). Ankara's aviation and defense industry export revenue stood at $1 billion, up by 37 percent from last year's $784 million during the same period, reported Anadolu Agency citing TİM data
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