7.4.2020

Turkey's Bayrakter TB2 enters service with Qatar

Bayraktar TB2 UAVs enter service with Qatar –link

Source: Jane’s

Article Headlines

  • Bayraktar TB2 UAVs have been seen in a Qatari military exercise for the first time
  • The Qatari Ministry of Defence released footage on 1 April showing Exercise ‘Al-Adheed 2020’ that included brief clips of a Bayraktar TB2 taxiing and taking off
  • The UAV was not carrying weapons, but the video implied that it carried out precision strikes during live firing at the Qurayn Abu al-Bawl training area in the south of the country
  • Qatar’s order for six Bayraktar TB2s, three ground control stations, and a training simulator was announced during the DIMDEX show held in Doha in March 2018

Overview & Comments

  • Turkey’s fast growing UAS industry is a one to be admired but more so should be followed closely
  • Only a decade ago the country was still buying & leasing systems from foreign countries while today there are two leading companies, Turkish Aerospace Industries and Baykar Makina, which their MALE systems are fully operational
  • On the international market the Bayrakter TB2 was also purchased by Ukraine, while the Anka-S was recently ordered by Tunisia – See “First Export Contract for the Turkey’s Anka-S” 

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