Baykar will relocate all Bayraktar production to Ukraine

Tulip Sariyabrahimoglu

Bayraktor TB2 in the Turkish service has become a very valuable asset of the Ukrainian armed forces in the fight against Russia. (Baykar)

Turkish “Baykar” will direct all its forces to the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces, said on June 28, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov.

Reznikov said that having received from Baykar 50 Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles since Russia’s invasion in late February, the Turkish company should focus its energy on meeting Ukraine’s requirements in “dozens more” aircraft.

The defense minister’s comment came a day after Baykar said he had to donate to Ukraine three more Bayractors who funded the crow, in addition to Bayraktar, which Lithuania acquired on behalf of Ukraine.

At the same time, Reznikov said that Ukraine and Turkey continue to work on the construction in Ukraine of a joint plant “Baykar” for local production of UAVs, an agreement on which was signed before the Russian invasion. “These are plans for the medium term, [but for now] we are talking about ordering dozens more UAVs, ”he said, adding that a new batch of Bayraktar is expected to arrive in mid-July.

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