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


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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