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 current situation with the Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). In a recent interview with Baykar's chief executive officer (CTO) Haluk Bayraktar it was stated that sixteen countries have already purchased Bayraktar TB2s, that a first export deal for the Bayraktar Akıncı had just been signed and that Baykar Savunma currently generates 85 percent of its revenues from exports. [1]
 
Current operators of the TB2 are known to include Turkey, Qatar, Libya, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkmenistan, Ethiopia and Kyrgyzstan, with Niger soon to receive its first TB2s. Poland is set to receive its first examples in 2022 and will be the second NATO member state to operate the type after Turkey. Currently in service with (or on order by) seventeen countries, the Bayraktar TB2 is already 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 further expand on its lead over other UCAVs for years to come.

List of UCAVs ranked by the number of (confirmed) export clients

 
Bayraktar TB2 = 16
CAIG Wing Loong I = 7
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
TAI Anka = 2
Mohajer-6 = 1 (2 when including Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units)
Bayraktar Akıncı = 1
Vestel Karayel = 1
CASC Rainbow CH-92A = 1
CASIC WJ-600A/D = 1
 
Although largely renowned for developing the TB2, Baykar Tech produces several more types of UAVs that have found success in entering the international market. One of these, the Bayraktar Mini UAV, has meanwhile entered service with three countries. The novel capabilities of the Bayraktar Akıncı are also certain to turn it into an 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
  • Ethiopia [2021]
  • Air Force
  • Kyrgyzstan [2021]
  • State Border Guard Service


Bayraktar Akıncı

  • Turkey [2021]
  • Army
  • Air Force

Bayraktar Mini UAV

  • Turkey [2007]
  • Army
  • Qatar [2012]
  • Army
  • Libya [2020]
  • Air Force 
  • Ukraine [2022]
  • Army


Future operators of Baykar Savunma products


Bayraktar TB2

  • Poland [2022]
  • Air Force
  • Albania
  • Air Force
  • Niger 
  • 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
  • United Kingdom
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Indonesia 
  • Angola
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Togo