Tuesday, 21 September 2021

An International Export Success: Global Demand For The Bayraktar TB2 Reaches All Time High


By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
 
It is not often that a type of weapon system is proving so popular that countries are waiting in line to buy it. Ironically, this appears to be the situation with the Bayraktar TB2. In a recent interview with Baykar's Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Selçuk Bayraktar it was stated that new export agreements were signed with more than 10 countries for the export of Bayraktar TB2 so far, and that Baykar Savunma currently generates more than 70 percent of its revenues from exports. [1]
 
Current operators of the TB2 are known to include Turkey, Qatar, Libya, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, with Morocco currently in the process of receiving its first TB2s. Poland is set to receive its first examples in 2022 and will be the second NATO country to operate the type. Currently in service with (or on order by) at least seven foreign countries (excluding Turkey), the Bayraktar TB2 is the most commercially successful UCAV to this date. With new export agreements having been signed with several countries, there is little doubt that the Bayraktar TB2 will continue to expand on its lead over other UCAVs for years to come.

List of UCAVs ranked by the number of (confirmed) countries they've been exported to

 
Bayraktar TB2 = 7
CAIG Wing Loong I = 6
CAIG Wing Loong II = 5
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper = 5 
CASC Rainbow CH-4 =4 (6 when including countries that formerly operated the type)
CASC Rainbow CH-3 = 4
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator = 3
Mohajer-6 = 1
TAI Anka = 1
Vestel Karayel = 1
CASC Rainbow CH-92A = 1
 
Although largely renowned for developing the TB2, Baykar Savunma produces several more types of UAVs that have found success in penetrating foreign markets. One of these, the Bayraktar Mini UAV, has meanwhile entered service with three countries. The novel capabilities of the Bayraktar Akıncı are also likely to turn it into a future export success.
 

Current (confirmed) operators of Baykar Savunma products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Turkey [2014]
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Gendarmerie General Command
  • General Directorate of Security (Police)
  • National Intelligence Organization
  • Qatar [2019]
  • Reconnaissance and Surveillance Center
  • Libya [2019]
  • Air Force
  • Ukraine [2019]
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Azerbaijan [2020]
  • Air Force
  • Turkmenistan [2021]
  • Air Force
  • Morocco [2021]
  • Air Force


Bayraktar Akıncı

  • Turkey [2021]
  • Army
  • Air Force

Bayraktar Mini UAV

  • Turkey [2007]
  • Army
  • Qatar [2012]
  • Army
  • Libya [2020]
  • Air Force


Future operators of Baykar Savunma products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Poland [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Albania
  • Air Force


Bayraktar TB3

  • Turkey
  • Navy
 

MİUS (National Unmanned Aircraft System)

  • Turkey
  • Air Force
  • Navy
 

Bayraktar VTOL UAV

  • Turkey
  • Army
 
 

Prospective operators of Baykar Savunma products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Latvia  
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Nigeria
  • Angola
  • Rwanda



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