Friday, 2 September 2022

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


By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
 
It is not often that a weapon system is proving so popular that countries are waiting in line to buy it. Ironically, this appears to be the current situation with the Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). Already in service with or on order by 28 countries other than Türkiye, the TB2's commercial success currently looks to be without bounds. With new export agreements being signed with more countries to this day, there is little doubt that the TB2 will go down in history as world's most successful UCAV both in terms of export clients and numbers sold. In this capacity it is now consistently beating its main two competitors on the drone market of China and Israel, whose products though more attractive than expensive (and exclusive) Western wares or underperforming and politically-laden Iranian ones have shown their own deficiencies. The TB2's success should come as little surprise to those that examined the system in combat, as the TB2 is arguably the first UCAV that manages to combine reliability and affordability with devastatingly effective results on the battlefield: a capability keenly looked for in the 21st century.

List Of UCAVs Ranked By The Number Of Confirmed Export Clients

 
Bayraktar TB2 = 28
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper = 8 
CAIG Wing Loong I = 7
CAIG Wing Loong II = 5
Bayraktar Akıncı = 5
CASC Rainbow CH-4 = 4 (6 when including countries that formerly operated the type)
CASC Rainbow CH-3 = 4
TAI Anka =4
Mohajer-6 = 2 (3 when including Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces)
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator = 1
Lentatek Karayel = 1
CASC Rainbow CH-92A = 1
CASIC WJ-600A/D = 1
 
Although best known for developing the TB2, Baykar Tech produces several more types of UAVs that have found success on the international market. Two of these, the Bayraktar Mini UAV and Bayraktar Akıncı, have meanwhile both entered service with four countries. The novel features of the Bayraktar Kızılelma also positions the system to one day become an export success.
 

Confirmed Operators Of Baykar Tech Products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Türkiye [2014]
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Gendarmerie General Command
  • Coast Guard Command
  • General Directorate of Security
  • National Intelligence Organization
  • Qatar [2019]
  • Reconnaissance and Surveillance Center (WESCAM MX-15D)
  • Libya [2019]
  • Air Force (WESCAM MX-15D And ASELSAN CATS)
  • Ukraine [2019]
  • Air Force (WESCAM MX-15D)
  • Navy ('')
  • Main Directorate of Intelligence ('')
  • Azerbaijan [2020]
  • Air Force (WESCAM MX-15D And ASELSAN CATS)
  • Turkmenistan [2021]
  • Air Force (HENSOLDT ARGOS-II HDT)
  • Morocco [2021]
  • Air Force
  • Ethiopia [2021]
  • Air Force (ASELSAN CATS)
  • Kyrgyzstan [2021]
  • State Border Guard Service (ASELSAN CATS)
  • Pakistan [2022]
  • Air Force (HENSOLDT ARGOS-II HDT And ASELSAN CATS)
  • Djibouti [2022]
  • Air Force (ASELSAN CATS)
  • Burkina Faso [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Rwanda [2022]
  • Air Force 
  • Togo [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Niger [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Nigeria [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Poland [2022]
  • Air Force (WESCAM MX-15D)
  • Mali [2022]
  • Air Force (ASELSAN CATS)


Bayraktar Akıncı

  • Türkiye [2021]
  • Army
  • Air Force

Bayraktar Mini UAV

  • Türkiye [2007]
  • Army
  • General Directorate of Security
  • Qatar [2012]
  • Army
  • Libya [2020]
  • Army
  • Ukraine [2022]
  • Army


Future Operators Of Baykar Tech Products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Albania [Unknown]
  • Air Force 
  • United Arab Emirates [Unknown]
  • Air Force
  • Kuwait [Unknown]
  • Air Force


Bayraktar TB3

  • Türkiye [Unknown]
  • Navy
 

Bayraktar Akıncı

  • Azerbaijan [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Pakistan [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Kyrgyzstan [2023]
  • Air Force


Bayraktar Kızılelma

  • Türkiye [Unknown]
  • Air Force
  • Navy
 

Bayraktar VTOL UAV

  • Türkiye [Unknown]
  • Army
 
 

Prospective Operators Of Baykar Tech Products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Bulgaria
  • Finland
  • Latvia
  •  Lithuania  
  • Slovakia  
  • Hungary
  • Romania 
  • Kosovo
  • Serbia
  • United Kingdom
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia 
  • Angola
  • Portugal