Turkey’s Baykar delivers second batch of drones to Ukraine

Turkish drone specialist Baykar Makina on Monday delivered its second batch of Bayraktar TB2 drones to Ukraine, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The Ukranian Air Force has taken delivery of three of the pilotless aircraft, ammunition, a simulator, camera systems and ground data terminals, the agency said. 

Ukraine in January signed an agreement with Turkey for the purchase of 12 Turkish Bayraktar Tactical Block 2 (TB2) unmanned aerial vehicles following two years of negotiations.

The newly delivered drones are being tested at the Starokostiantyniv Air Base in western Ukraine.

The drones will be operated by Ukranian Air Force personnel, who have completed their training in Turkey, Anadolu said. 

The first flight of the Bayraktar TB2, which can be armed with long-range anti-tank missile under its wings, was performed in June 2009, and production began in December 2011 following a contract with the Turkish army.