Last modified on October 31, 2022, at 05:53

Bayraktar drone

As of 2022 the Turkish built Bayraktar drone was considered one of the most effective deadly offensive drones used by the Ukrainian military at the start of 2022 Russo-Ukraine war.[1] By July 2022 it had lost its significance and reliability.[2]

In 2020 Turkish and Ukrainian officials announced the establishment of a joint venture to produce Bayraktar TB2s in Ukraine. A Bayraktar TB2 conducted a reconnaissance flight over the Donbas region on 9 April 2021. This was the first operationalization of the aircraft by the Ukrainian Forces within an active conflict zone.

In October 2021, a Bayraktar TB2 drone was used for the first time in combat during the Donbas war, targeting a Donetsk Peoples Militia artillery position, destroying a D-30 howitzer, and halting the bombardment of Ukrainian troops near Hranitne.

On June 20, 2022, the Russian armed forces shot down 21 Bayraktars in a single day, a new record.[3]

Delivery vehicle for biological weapons

Ukraine had sent a request to the manufacturing company regarding the possibility of equipping the Bayraktar drones with aerosol equipment. On March 9, 2022, three unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with 30-litre containers and equipment for spraying formulations were detected by Russian reconnaissance units in Kherson region. At the end of April 2022, ten more were found near Kakhovka.[4]