Ukraine's hidden weapon

Baykar claims 93 per cent of TB2 components are sourced within Turkey, and the company has invested copiously to upgrade software and communications, learning from every battlefield experience

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Devangshu Datta
The biggest game changer in the Ukraine War has been a weapon system that combines First World War (1914-18) performance with 21st century technology. The TB2 drone from the Turkish company Baykar is now being celebrated in Ukrainian songs as the Bayraktar.

This is a propeller-driven unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It weighs just 700 kg fully loaded. It has a maximum speed of 220 kmph and a maximum altitude of 7,500 metres. It carries just 70-80 litres of petrol, and a munitions payload of only 150 kgs. The iconic SE5 biplane, which was the best British fighter of 1916-1918, was
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First Published: May 20 2022 | 10:48 PM IST

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